Tornado

Shawnee, Oklahoma tornado

Objective: describe,step by step how a tornado form.


Shawnee, Oklahoma tornado

A very dynamic and strong storm system brought severe weather across the Central United States this past weekend (May 18-19, 2013). The Storm Prediction Center highlighted parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, and parts of Missouri into a moderate risk to see severe thunderstorms on Sunday, May 19. The entire weekend featured many dangerous storms that produced large hail, strong winds, and violent tornadoes. Wichita, Kansas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma were extremely close to having strong tornadoes directly affecting the cities. However, these cities were spared. However, some cities such as Shawnee, Oklahoma were devastated as a strong tornado severely damaged and destroyed homes in the area. As of now, two deaths as been report from this severe weather outbreak.

The weather event is a tornado which struck Shawnee, Oklahoma

This weekend’s severe weather was not the last of it. More severe weather is expected today across the U.S. Central Plains and will be pushing eastward near the Midwest. The Storm Prediction Center has issued another moderate risk for severe storms across Oklahoma, southwest Missouri, northwest Arkansas, and parts of northeast Texas. Winds over 60 mph, large hail, and strong tornadoes are all possible in the moderate risk areas. The activity will likely begin once again in the late afternoon and evening hours as these places warm up and the atmosphere becomes very unstable. Be weather ready, and avoid driving on the roads when the storms begin to fire up.

How tornados form

What type of damage it cause the shawnee and in Moore, Oklahoma

At least 24 are dead and 240 more are thought to be injured after an enormous, 2-mile wide tornado with 200 mph winds blasted Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, 2013, leaving an unthinkable trail of devastation in its massive wake. The twister is the latest in a string of deadly storms to rip through America's heartland, destroying parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. See all the destruction and heartbreak ... Here, rescue personnel work to find survivors after a tornado ripped through Moore, Okla. on May 20, 2013.



Most tornadoes in the United States occur east of the Rocky Mountains.(They are also called twisters.) The Great Plains, the Midwest, the Mississippi Valley and the southern United States are all areas that are vulnerable to tornadoes. They are relatively rare west of the Rockies and are also less frequent in the northeastern states. Tornado Alley is a colloquial term for an area particularly prone to ( sometimes violent) tornadoes. There is no officially defined 'Tornado Alley' - at its broadest this area stretches from Texas to Canada with its core centered on Oklahoma,Kansas and northern Texas. Another highly significant region - colloquially known as Dixie Alley - is the southern United States and particularly the northern and central parts of Alabama andMississippi. Florida is one of the most tornado prone states. However, Florida tornadoes only rarely approach the strength of those that occur elsewhere.

What states are included in tornado alley

Tornado Alley refers to the area of the United States affected most frequently by the strongest tornados. The "heart" of tornado alley includes Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas - but tornado alley extends from North Dakota south to Texas and east into Ohio (including parts of at least 18 states).
May 19th, 2013 - Deadly close range Shawnee, OK violent tornado