For instance, the author declares, “…residents of the United States have a lot of warning before a hurricane.”(Perry, page 49, paragraph 3) Although some may not be fortunate enough to have a warning, most U.S. citizens receive a warning of a hurricane days before it strikes. This is very unlike tornados, however, for people in areas where tornados often form never know where or if one will form. Scientists can identify types of conditions that can possibly form a tornado, but they cannot be one-hundred percent sure until it actually forms. This is one of the two major differences between hurricanes and tornados. The other is the cost and damage each natural disaster causes. According to Perry, “Each hurricane can cause billions of dollars in damage.” (Page 49, paragraph 1) Luckily, few hurricanes hit the U.S. yearly. On the other hand, tornados cause much less damage, yet many more hit the United States every year. All in all, hurricanes and tornados are significantly different when contrasting their damage and warning
In this paper, I will discuss what tornadoes are and how they form, what different forms of tornadoes there are, what tornado watches and warning are and give examples of tornadoes in Oklahoma and what destruction they caused, also while providing information about the Doppler radar.
As you may know tornadoes can be one of the most deadliest storms but do you know how they are formed? For a development of a tornado there are several conditions required to make the tornado form. Did you know tornadoes mostly occur during summer?
What kind of atmospheric conditions could cause such a violent, deadly twister? The forecast from the morning of March 18, 1925 just called for “rains and strong shifting winds.” Guess they were accurate in that sense. Well, in the 1920’s the weather records were pretty vague compared to today’s records. There wasn’t as much information being generated and the forecasts weren’t very specific. However, with today’s knowledge and with the records there were we can construct what was happening in the atmosphere (National Weather Service, 2011).
The best predictors for tornado activity are rotating thunderstorms. They are well defined thunderstorms on a radar that include flash floods, hail, lightning, or severe winds. (“11 Facts About Tornadoes”) These storms are called supercells (“Tornado Facts”). Once they reach land, tropical storms or hurricanes can be accompanied by tornadoes. When a warm front meets a cold front, a thunderstorm can form, which can create 1 or more tornadoes (“11 Facts About Tornadoes”). With little to no warning, a tornado may strike.
A tornado is defined as a violently rotating column extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of two hundred and fifty miles per hour or more. Damage paths can be more than one mile wide and fifty miles long. In an average year, eight hundred tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in eighty deaths and over one thousand five hundred injuries. In the body of my essay, I will tell you about types of tornadoes, where tornadoes come from, where and when tornadoes occur, the damage they inflict, variations of tornadoes, and how to detect tornadoes.
Although meteorologist hardly acknowledge that their forecasts are not completely accurate, it is clear that without them the amount of harm would be great. The information of a possible tornado formation helps the public become prepared to the possibility of a tornado. Tornadoes warning systems have come a long way from the days where they were inaccurate and unreliable. Lead times have increased and are becoming more reliable. However, more sensitive technology is needed until forecasts can become more
Meteorologists adamantly study the weather patterns leading up to tornadoes; one pattern they take notice in are the “hook shaped” thunderstorm systems; these systems can be clearly seen using Doppler radar. The hook shape formation declares that the thunderstorm system is starting to rotate, which usually results in a
How tornadoes form you ask? Tornadoes form when different winds from different places met and form this giant spinning destructive cyclone which can be powerful or only cause minor damage. Tornadoes form when hot air from different places and cold air from different places collides which can make a tornado at any speed,
A tornadoes form when it is humid but the ground is wet and slower winds are by the ground as the fastest wind are higher in the sky. Because of this the wind starts to circle around when the slow wind moves up higher. Rain will fall and so will a funnel which is the tornado. The reason twister in Florida left extreme damage and many houses were being fixed or covered with tarp. Today they are cleaning up the damage or debris all over town. Other places tornadoes have touched down resonantly are Virginia and North Carolina the worst one was the one in Carolina taking three lives. To not be one of those three you must find shelter once you hear the word "WARNING." if you hear "watch" then prepare to go into "WARNING." Pleas remember that.
The Joplin, Missouri Tornado included many details common to Tornadoes. All Tornadoes are created by a series of rotating air from thunderstorms. Once a lot a rotating air combines a funnel cloud starts to form from underneath
The first thing that starts a tornado would be the winds. The wind updraft can form a funnel. This funnel is called a Mesocyclone and when the mesocyclone touches the ground it is considered a tornado. Clouds play an important role in forming tornadoes too. Some other clouds are called, Wall Clouds. These clouds protrude from the sky and look like a giant waves coming down about to crash on earth. When wall clouds form the sky might turn to a greenish color or some other color. This wall-cloud
Tornadoes are very complex natural events. The tornado has to be the right size so that the tornado can release the rain at the precise amounts. If the tornado was too small the tornado would not produce enough heat to create a vacuum. The height from the ground is also a really important factor in the creation of a tornado. This is because the higher up the tornado is from the ground the more air the tornado will have rushing into it. These are just some of the many factors that have to be exactly perfect for a tornado to be naturally created and sustain the wind speed required for it to be a tornado.
A tornado is a mixture between rising hot hair and falling cold air that causes a swirling column. It is first characterized by rotating air that looks like a funnel. As the funnel and storm develop, the funnel cloud drops down into a tornado that looks like a column. As the tornado picks up debris and dust its speed increases.
The strongest tornadoes come from the kind of long-lasting fierce thunderstorms known as supercells. As the name implies, these are intense thunderstorms, which can produce large hail and downbursts in addition to tornadoes. Supercells are most common on the Plains in the Southeast and across the Midwest, but do occur elsewhere.