What Makes A Tornado Happen?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
When cold air meets warm air, tornado is formed. The pressure coming from different directions of both cold and warm air produces a funnel, and then comes hitting the ground. Usually if a place is at cold temp. Level surrounded by warm temp level is most likely to develop a tornado. But altogether, tornado is a very destructive weather conditions which causes a number of deaths and property losses. If this is the case like in Joplin, it would be wise to get a homeowners insurance to at least help you in times of losses.
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E Jacobson answered
A tornado is an exceptionally fierce, rotating column of air which reaches to the ground from a storm cloud. Unique to tornadoes their shape is like a funnel. This funnel is basically a complicated mixture of very strong inflowing winds.

This column of air rotates so quickly that it is actually spinning and if the humidity levels are high enough it can be seen by the naked eye (usually the wind is invisible). In addition, the winds can reach very high speed, which causes it to wreak havoc and gives it the ability to cause huge amounts of damage.

Tornadoes sometimes originate as a result of thunderstorm cells on cold fronts, but certain areas are more likely to have tornadoes than others. In the United States for example, Nebraska to Texas and Oklahoma are areas where a tornado is mor elikely to occur.

Min tornadoes sometimes occur within the UK, but on nothing like the scale experienced in the US.
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Kieran Runchman answered
It happens when hot and cold air blows against each other.
b r Profile
b r answered
A tornado is when hot air and cold air spin around really fast and it sucks something up and spits it out.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
A tornado can develop during a thunderstorm, when moist warm air clashes with eastward moving fronts. These thunderstorms can also produce very strong winds, and large hail to fall.
Cassidy Gustafson Profile
You probably wont believe me, but today there was a tornado warning in my city. Then, I saw it. The tornado. There it was, spinning so fast. It was small, though.
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keiren harris answered
The word "tornado" comes from the Latin tonare, meaning "to thunder." The Spanish developed the word into tornear, to turn or twist. These are good descriptions of tornadoes, which are formed by rotating or twisting air. This is why they are also called twisters or cyclones.
A tornado is a powerful column of winds spiraling around a center of low atmospheric pressure. It looks like a large black funnel hanging down from a storm cloud. The narrow end will move over the earth, whipping back and forth like a tail.
The winds inside a tornado spiral upward and inward with a lot of speed and power. It crates an internal vacuum that then sucks up anything it passes over. When the funnel touches a structure, the fierce winds have the ability to tear it apart.
The winds inside a twister can spin around at speeds up to 500 miles an hour, but usually travels at roughly 300 miles an hour. This makes the tornado the most dangerous storm known to mankind. Because of the earth’s unique weather system, twisters rotate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and move eastward. They rotate clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. Tornadoes also often come with hailstorms.
Many storms create harmless funnels that never touch earth. They can last from a few seconds to a few hours. Others disappear and reappear minutes later. The average tornado has a diameter of about 200 to 300 yards, and some grow large enough to spawn smaller tornadoes known as satellite tornadoes. These small offspring, about 50 yards across, can be very fierce and do lots of damage. They also tend to branch away from the parent funnel, taking separate paths across the earth.
A tornado can form very quickly, sometimes in a minute or less. It can travel across the ground at high speeds, then just as suddenly vanish. They can kill in a matter of seconds. Every year, about $500 million worth in damage is done by twisters in the United States. Most tornadoes last less than twenty minutes and travel less than 15 miles. However, superstorms sometimes occur, traveling over 100 miles before they are exhausted. Although they don’t occur very often, they are responsible for 20% of all tornado casualties

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