Tornadoes Violent Storms
Tornado - Nature's Most Violent Storm
Are you curious about tornadoes? Are you looking for information about what to do if a tornado occurs? Find out what you need to know about tornadoes and watch videos of tornadoes.
Remember Dorthy in the Wizard of Oz Movie? Remember it was the tornado that took Dorthy and Toto from black&white to COLOR!
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Noaa Weather Radio
IS THE BEST MEANS TO RECEIVE WARNINGS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
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Don't Wait & Watch
When you hear the warning, run for cover! Otherwise, there may not be time! Can you run 80 miles an hour?
What To Watch For
* TORNADO WATCH: Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.
* TORNADO WARNING: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. If a tornado warning is issued for your area and the sky becomes threatening, move to your pre-designated place of safety.
Tornadoes can occur at all hours of the day and night, but on average, most hit between 4 - 9pm
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The National Weather Service
Updated weather warnings and forecasts
The National Weather Service continuously broadcasts updated weather warnings and forecasts that can be received by NOAA Weather Radios sold in many stores. The average range is 40 miles, depending on topography. Your National Weather Service recommends purchasing a radio that has both a battery backup and a tone-alert feature which automatically alerts you when a watch or warning is issued.
# SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH: Severe thunderstorms are possible in your area.
# SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: Severe thunderstorms are occurring.
In Alabama, tornadoes never go out of season
Tornadoes occasionally develop in areas in which a severe thunderstorm watch or warning is in effect. Remain alert to signs of an approaching tornado and seek shelter if threatening conditions exist.
Environmental Clues To Look For
* Dark, often greenish sky
* Wall cloud
* Large hail
* Loud roar; similar to a freight train
Satellite Sees "Giant White Spike" of Clouds Bringing U.S. Severe Weather - NASA Photo January 25, 2012 from Flickr
January 25, 2012 - NOAA's geostationary operational environmental satellite, GOES-13, serves the eastern half of the U.S. providing continuous weather imagery.
Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that advance warning is not possible. Remain alert for signs of an approaching tornado. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most deaths and injuries.
What To Do If a Tornado Warning is Issued
If a Warning is issued or if threatening weather approaches:
* In a home or building, move to a pre-designated shelter, such as a basement.
* If an underground shelter is not available, move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture.
* Stay away from windows.
* Get out of automobiles.
* Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car; instead, leave it immediately.
* Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes and should be abandoned.
Have You Ever Seen A Tornado?
NOAA defines a tornado as a violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of the thunderstorm to the ground
Learn More About Tornadoes
About Tornadoes Information
Adapted from: A PREPAREDNESS GUIDE
The following information is from www.nssl.noaa.gov
Adapted from: A PREPAREDNESS GUIDE Including Safety Information for Schools U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service September 1992 (NOAA, FEMA, The American Red Cross)
Although tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, these destructive forces of nature are found most frequently in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains during the spring and summer months. In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in 80 deaths and over 1,500 injuries. A tornado is defined as a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.
Thunderstorms develop in warm, moist air in advance of eastward-moving cold fronts. These thunderstorms often produce large hail, strong winds, and tornadoes. Tornadoes in the winter and early spring are often associated with strong, frontal systems that form in the Central States and move east. Occasionally, large outbreaks of tornadoes occur with this type of weather pattern.
During the spring in the Central Plains, thunderstorms frequently develop along a "dryline," which separates very warm, moist air to the east from hot, dry air to the west. Tornado-producing thunderstorms may form as the dryline moves east during the afternoon hours.
Along the front range of the Rocky Mountains, in the Texas panhandle, and in the southern High Plains, thunderstorms frequently form as air near the ground flows "upslope" toward higher terrain. If other favorable conditions exist, these thunderstorms can produce tornadoes.
Links to More Tornado Information
- Tornados....Nature's Most Violent Storms
US Government information about Tornados
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Once a tornado in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, carried a motel sign 30 miles and dropped it in Arkansas
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Tornado in Japan Video
This tornado formed right on top of a kids soccer game without warning. Very scarry!!
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