Tornado Aftermath

Kathy Russotto of Sports World in East Windsor meets with First Selectwoman Denise Menard on Tuesday. Russotto took Monday's tornado warning seriously and led 20 people from Sports World's inflatable dome to shelter in another building just before a tornado destroyed the dome. (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant) (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant / July 2, 2013)

Connecticut seems to be New England's tornado alley, and the Connecticut River Valley a particularly favorite twister path.

Tornadoes like Monday's have become, alas, a familiar sight in this state. Connecticut had the greatest tornado density in New England — the most per 10,000 square miles — from 1991 to 2010, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

Monday's tornado took the Connecticut River Valley path, tearing off parts of a sports dome in East Windsor, tossing tobacco netting on homes and trees in Windsor Locks as if playing a prank, and making drivers in Windsor feel like they were in Wichita. Fortunately, it spared lives.

What is it that makes the Connecticut River Valley such a twister magnet? The 1979 tornado that, like Monday's, ran by Bradley Airport still ranks as the costliest on record in the Northeast. It killed three people and destroyed a lot of property, including vintage aircraft at the New England Air Museum.

Sadly, Hartford County residents now have to add tornado tips ( to their repertoire of survival techniques in what feels like weirder and weirder weather.

This editorial was updated to remove a reference to a Massachusetts tornado.