TORNADOES

Science Project, Mr. Taylor, 3-14-14

How are Tornadoes formed?

Tornadoes are usually the extreme result of a very large thunderstorm called a supercell. During the storm cold air and warm air combine. The cold air goes drops as the warm air rises. The warm air eventually twists into a spiral and forms a funnel cloud. The sky turns a very dark green color and the tornado begins its destruction.

Where are Tornadoes mostly common?

In the U.S all 50 states have been hit by a Tornado.  But states such as Ohklahoma and Texas have been hit by the most Tornadoes.

Why are Tornadoes so destructive?

The winds rotate because the wind speed and direction changes with height, providing an abundance of something called vertical wind shear. It is this wind shear that causes supercells to rotate, and it is this strong rotating updraft, that spawns hail the size of cricket balls and devastating tornadoes.

What are the chances of a Tornado hitting NY?

The chances of a Tornado hitting New York is very high.  The reason being is because of the weather pattern lately.

Are Tornadoes worse than Hurricane?

Hurricanes and Tornadoes are both devastating natural disasters. Hurricanes may produce tornadoes, but, as far as storms go, the two are very different.  Tornadoes are a violently rotating column of air with the ground and pendant from a thunderstorm, that can host winds with an estimated speed of up to 200-300 mph.  Hurricanes are tropical storms that move in a circular motion causing wind speeds of 74 mph.  In my opinion I think that Tornadoes are worse.

How are Tornadoes measured?

The EF Scale is the standard way to measure tornadoes based on wind damage. The original Fujita Scale was developed by Dr. Theodore Fujita. All tornadoes , and other severe local windstorms, were assigned a number according to the most intense damage caused by the storm.

Where did the strongest Tornado strike?

The strongest tornadoes strike in the Great Plains.  Or in the vicinity of states like Texas and Ohklahoma.

Which direction does Tornadoes spin?

Tornadoes don't necessarily spin in a direction.  It all depends on which direction the wind blows.   

What are the top 6 most destructive Tornadoes?

1. The Tri - State Tornado

2. The Waco Tornado

3. The Natchez Tornado

4. The Tupelo Tornado

5. The Gainesville Tornado

6. The Woodward Tornado

What was the first recorded Tornado?

Oldest Known Tornado Photo - Date: 1884 August 28 Historic NWS Collection 22 miles southwest of Howard, South Dakota Courtesy NOAA/Department of Commerce

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