Tornados by miley piseno

What is a tornado?

A tornado is a funnel cloud. When the funnel touches the ground it is a tornado. However tornado wind speed can be up to 200 miles (322 kilometers) per hour. With very powerful wind it can cause a great amount of damage mainly to man-made structures. They can lift things right off the ground ! They can break electric lines. They can tear off roofs from buildings and they can topple trees .

How are tornadoes formed?

Tornadoes usually form in summer or spring storms. When warm air and cold air masses meet wind spins the air masses together and causes a tornado.

How long do tornadoes last?

Tornadoes can last an hour or a few seconds. In that time, they can do a lot of damage!

Where do tornadoes happen?

Tornadoes happen in central United States. Thousands of tornadoes form every year, but that doesn't mean they can`t happen anywhere else. Tornadoes happen all around the world. Tornadoes usually happen in a place called Tornado Alley.

Interesting Facts

1. Did you know that tornadoes can form above water?

2. Did you know that more then one tornado can happen at a time?

3. Did you know that a tornado can be invisible only circling dust and leave?

4. Most tornadoes spin counter clockwise.

Glossary

funnel...a cloud that looks like a tornado

Kilometers...a measureing unit used to measure distances

structures...a building or a house

topple...something that falls slowly

masses... a body of air with humidity and pressure

central...the center of america

usually...something that happens offen

counter clockwise...the opposite of the way the clock moves.

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Created with images by sarafhathaway - "Not a Tornado" • NOAA Photo Library - "nssl0232"

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