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What area has the most and biggest tornadoes?
- North America
- including Mexico
What areas are included in Tornado Alley?
- Starts in Texas and Oklahoma and will proceed NE
- Ends in Southern Michigan and NW Ohio
- includes Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri
What is the area of America that is most common to tornadoes?
do tornadoes only happen at a certain time?
tornadoes can happen at any time of the day or year
in the wintertime tornadoes can take place often, where?
in the South
in the summertime tornadoes can take place often, where?
when is the period of time that hurricanes occur most often?
What month is the worst for tornadoes in the US as a whole?
what is the worst month for tornadoes in Indiana?
what month is worst for tornadoes in Michigan?
Why are sometimes tornadoes most deadly at night?
because people aren't alert and awake
what on average is the most common time for tornadoes during the day?
What about the air occurs from 2-9pm?
it is charged
what is an example of the force of a tornado?
it can put a piece of straw through a telephone pole
where in the severe weather forecasting center located?
Kansas City, Missouri
Who comes out with the official report about tornadoes?
the sever weather forecasting center
what are the 7 ingredients to predicting a tornado?
- cold, dry air mass from the N (Canada)
- hot, moist air mass from the S (Gulf of Mexico)
- hot, dry air mass from the SW (AZ, NM)
- the jet stream is aloft
- 90% of tornadoes come out of a cold front
- temperature inversion takes place
- dew point temperature is 55 degrees or higher
how fast is the jet stream?
what does it mean that the jet stream is aloft?
it is above where these air masses are colliding
what does temperature inversion mean?
the temperature gets warmer as you go up into the atmosphere
what does dew point mean?
that the air is fully saturated with moisture
When the 7 ingredients are all together what is called?
a tornado watch
what are some other characteristics of a potential tornado?
- clouds are purplish-green
- roosters don't roost
- crickets won't chirp
- frogs won't croak
- it gets deathly quiet
- it sounds like a freight train
- hail is often involved
what is issued if a funnel cloud, tornado, or water spout are spotted?
what is the name for a tornado that has not hit the ground?
a funnel cloud
what is the name for a tornado over water?
Who are the people who watch for tornados?
- volenteer policemen
what electronic device is helping to predict tornados?
how can a radar screen detect a tornado?
you can see a little hook in the radar screen that represents a swirl in the clouds
where is the best place to go during a tornado?
what are the two biggest areas of injury for victims of tornadoes?
- head injuries
- eye injuries
what is the danger of being near windows during a tornado?
they can burst and send shards
if you can't get to a basement where is the next best place to go?
go to the smallest central room
why is a smaller central room better than say a living room?
- is has smaller timber
- more nails
why should you grab a pillow when hiding for a tornado?
to protect yourself from falling debry
why should you open a window of your house during a tornado watch?
because if a funnel cloud goes over your house it can create a vacuum that could blow up your house
if you live in an apartment building where are some of the best places to go?
- the lowest floor, central hallway
- under the stairwell
- the laundry room and hold onto a pipe
what percentage of deaths related to tornadoes occur in trailers?
what college experienced 10 million dollars worth of damage in 1997 due to a tornado?
where are some of the best places on campus to go in a tornado?
- Bergwall, Sammy, English basement
- DC dish room
- Basement of the Science building
What place on campus is like a bomb shelter?
the basement of the science center
where would we go if we were in Randell?
if a tornado occurs while you're driving on backroads what should you do?
where should you go if a tornado occurs while you're on the highway?
- a ditch
- under an overpass and hold onto the I beam
how many instances has Dr. Jenkinson heard of where a torando hit while someone was in the car and the people lived?
What kind of radio should you buy that will warn you over coming tornadoes?
a NOAA weather radio
What will the NOAA radio do?
- it will sound a super loud alarm
- it will tell you what is happening
- where the tornado is
- when it is coming