Tornado Facts For Kids
Tornadoes, or twisters, are tubes of spinning air and water that stretch from cloud to ground. Some tornadoes are invisible, but you can usually see a funnel. The Fujita Scale measures how much damage a tornado can do based on strength, size, and wind speed. Tornadoes usually die after a few miles, but one traveled more than two hundred miles. Another killed 1,300 people. The U.S. has the largest number of tornadoes in the world, with most hitting Tornado Alley. Learn about waterspouts and how to stay safe during a tornado.
The United States has the most tornadoes every year (about 1,200) ahead of Argentina and Bangladesh. What is a tornado? It is a column of air that extends from a thunderstorm in the atmosphere to the ground in the shape of a funnel or a rope. In the U.S., tornadoes occur when cool air from Canada meets warm air from Mexico. The atmosphere becomes unstable, and winds change direction and speed. A graphic shows this process. These swiftly rotating winds can cause quite a lot of damage and loss of life on the ground. Learn the dangers posed by a supercell storm and why it often hails when tornadoes appear.
Sometimes bad thunderstorms can turn into destructive tornadoes. Even though they don't last long, they can do a lot of damage. Since the size of a tornado does not tell you how bad it is, scientists invented tornado scales. Find out why tornadoes are hard for people who study the weather to forecast. Read about storm chasers, and discover how tornado spotters and weather radar allow meteorologists to issue tornado warnings. Explore tornado myths and find out if you should open your windows during a tornado. Take a look at maps that show where tornadoes most often form.
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A tornado is a terrifying rotating column of air spawned by a thunderstorm. The strongest tornado can have winds of 250 mph or more, destroying everything in its path. Learn all about tornadoes—when they can occur, what causes them, and what to listen for when it comes to tornado warning systems. Learn where you’re most at risk during a tornado so you can avoid them. Tornado myths are dispelled, which could save your life. Find out how you can be prepared in case a tornado hits, including a battery-operated radio for reports. Don’t ignore the warnings.
All About Tornadoes And Why They Happen
At sunset in a Texas town, hail the size of grapefruits began falling. About one hundred homes were heavily damaged or even destroyed as a tornado roared through. It might be fascinating to watch on television, but tornadoes can be deadly. When warm and cold air mixes, it can create a spinning column of air that forms a funnel cloud. A tornado's wind is so strong that it can move cars or make straw stick into tree trunks. It's usually over in a few minutes.
Did you know that the faster you type, the faster you can make a tornado spin? Well, you can in this game called Tornado Maker. Choose a state in the U.S. where your tornado will appear. If you feel the need for speed, and are looking for an F5 tornado, you have to choose a state in Tornado Alley (colored red). Once you have picked a state, instructions will tell you what word to type. You have thirty seconds to type that word as many times as you can. Then, find out how fast your tornado is, and where you'll find the hot and cool air.
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The Mystery of Tornadoes
In this video, storm researcher Tim Samaras shows the device he built to try to unlock the mystery of tornadoes. Find out why the United States has an area called Tornado Alley. What are the ingredients needed for a tornado to form? Samaras is studying the mystery of why these ingredients cause the tornado to go from high in the air all the way to the ground. It’s difficult to predict where a tornado will appear. How does Samaras figure out where to place his tornado measuring device?
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