- Education and Science
Interview With A Tornado
Written by Chelsea Roy
I gave my daughter, Chelsea, a science project this week. She was to write an article on something interesting. She chose tornadoes. I liked it enough I thought I would share with you all.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. My child is a nut!
Hi. I’m Chelsea, and that tornado up there is Sparky, we’re here at the Instatoot of Young Learning to tell you all about tornadoes, and what you should do if one ever happens to stop in. So we’ll jump right into the Q and A…you in the back, do you have a question?...the bathroom’s down the hall on the left…anyone else have a question?
"How fast do tornadoes go?"
That’s a good question Joe. The average tornado travels 40-100 mph, though some tornadoes can travel over 250 mph…that’s fast enough to knock down Harry Manboobs!
"What makes a tornado?"
Well Sally, tornadoes are rapidly spinning (duh) funnels of…air. They come out of thunderstorms, usually with hail. They occur more in the afternoon, because that’s when more thunderstorms occur, and tornadoes come more often in spring and summer.
"What do I do if the tornado siren sounds?"
Excellent question Timmy! Sparky, why don’t you tell everyone what they should do?
1. Do not run around in circles screaming
2. Hide in your basement (or in Timmy’s case in the well)
3. If you don’t have a basement, go to friend/relatives’ house with a basement. (or a well)
4. If you have no friends/relatives that live walking distance from you, hide in your bathroom.
5. If you live in a trailer, hide outside in a ditch
6. If you have no ditch….run around in circles screaming.
"What if I don’t live near a tornado siren?"
Well little Jimmy…
"Why should I learn about tornadoes?"
Well since you missed most of this Mr. Ivegoddagotodabathroom…
Because the more you know, the less you DIE.
And here are some interesting side facts:
The actual tornado is invisible; it becomes visible when it picks up dust/ debris or when water droplets from the surrounding storm condense.
A tornado traveling on water is called a waterspout, waterspouts don’t suck water up, the blueness of them is actually condensation.
Fire tornadoes (also called fire whirls and fire devils) rise up from the ground, unlike a regular tornado, which comes out of the sky, fire tornadoes are usually formed in wildfires, when a warm updraft converges with the surrounding fire, they can top 160mph, they can be anywhere from 32 to 164 feet tall, and they can uproot trees up to 49 feet tall.
One in 1923, Japan, killed over 38,000 people in just fifteen minutes. THAT’S what I call a Hellstorm. Now, do you run uphill from the fire, or to the basement from the tornado?
Well, I hope you enjoyed my and Sparky’s talk about Tornadoes, here's a picture of Sparky in action!
These are my sources, in case you want to see more about fire tornadoes or waterspouts!
and here are a coulple cool videos for you to enjoy!
I included all the tornadoes metioned above, except sparky.