Card Set Information
natural hazards disasters
GEOL 1301 Major Review Topics for Exam III
What is a tornado?
violently rotating column of air
funnel or tubular shaped cloud
extends downward from a cumulonimbus cloud to the ground
Where and how does a tornado form?
mostly US in the Plains states between the Rocky's and Appalachians
wind spins horizontally
then updraft of wind
whole things tips upward
What is the average wind speed of tornadoes?
How fast do they travel
SW to NE
What are the details of the Super Tuesday Tornadoes?
warm moist air in advance of front
deadliest outbreak in 23 years
long lasting MSC's and supercells
97 weather stations broke/tied high temp record
How do you mitigate for tornadoes?
building codes - shelters
What can you do as an individual to mitigate for tornado threat since you live in a threat-area?
build safe room
get NOAA radio
take shelter in bathroom or interior closet and protect head from flying debris
What should you not do in case of a tornado?
do not live in a wood frame house or trailer
do not stay in vehicle
rapidly rotating column of air that does not touch ground
rapidly rotating column of air over water
rapidly rotating column of air caused by hot air rising from dry land
a belt that stretches from north to south through the central US
highest risk for tornadoes
a tornado has actually been sighted or detected by weather radar and people should take immediate action to protect themselves and others
warns the public of the possibility of a tornado