Tornado Formation Brittney Burke

Tornadoes are violent windstorms that form a vortex and reach up to 300 m/ph.

The United States has an average of 770 tornadoes every year.

How Tornadoes Form

  1. All tornados begin with a thunderstorm. This is when warm and unstable air rises.
  2. The warm air begins to rotate, causing a mesocyclone to be formed.
  3. The air begins to roll, creating the vortex.
This is a photo of what a vortex would look like in a tornado.
This is a photo of how a mesocyclone would look during a tornado.

Fujita Scale

Tornadoes are rated on the Fujita Scale. This scale ranks the tornadoes by how much damage they leave behind.

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