Tornadoes

by Tiani Watts & Aaliyah Small

What is a tornado ?

A tornado is a vertical, outrageous spinning column of air that begins at the base of a thunderstorm to the ground. Tornadoes are the worst storms made in the atmosphere. Tornadoes form in weird violent thunderstorms where there is adequate instability and wind shear present in the lower pressure.

Where do tornadoes occur?

The famous Tornado Alley is where most tornadoes occur,including the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. Tornadoes are most common in Spring like weather. You'll find tornadoes mostly occurring in agricultural areas. When cold and warm climates meet they rise the warm air up causing a tornado.

How severe is a tornado?

Tornadoes are severely dangerous, causing homes to get destroyed and many lives to be lost. The winds are very powerful and travel at an estimated speed of 250 mph. In addition to that, these violent winds makes trees snap,destroys power lines and lifts cars and trucks into a vortex of wind and speed.

How Large is a tornado ?

Tornadoes are measured by how destructive they are.The size of a tornado will vary depending on how much cold air is hitting warm area.Tornadoes can get wild and dangerous. A tornado can grow up to a mile in width and its rotating winds can get up to 300 miles per hour, which could categorize this as an F 5 tornado.Most tornadoes occur in the United States, Europe and in the Caribbean. In the United States, the tornado alley is an area where the highest tornado occurrence.

How are human affected by tornadoes ?

Not only do tornadoes damage homes and businesses but it also effects the environment.Tornadoes destroy our farms, which means there will be food shortages around the surrounding area. Tornadoes can cause water contamination, which poses a serious problem, as plants, animals and humans are effected by.

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