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.
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.
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.