Thunderstorm Formation: Thunderstorms usually last 1-2 hours, and form when warm, humid (wet) air rises.
1) Cumulus Stage: warms air rises "updrafts" , and cloud grows.
2) Mature Stage: the clouds at its biggest stage. Large amount of water and precipitation occurs.
3) Dissipating Stage: precipitation cools the clouds down and the storm dies.
The storm is cooled and done.
Tornado Formation: Most tornadoes occur from the month of April, through June. Tornadoes start as a thunderstorm. They then become violent windstorms that form a vortex. A vortex is a rotating column of air that comes from a very large cloud (cumulonimbus cloud)
The first stage of formation: Thunderstorm begins and warm air rises.
The second stage of formation: Warm air begins to rotate (mesocyclone)
The third stage of formation: Air begins to roll creating a vortex
Hurricane Formation: Hurricanes are the most violent storms on Earth. They are a growing problem because more people are living on the coasts. Hurricanes get their strength from the ocean water. Most have warm water that creates warm/ moist air.
First Stage: Begin as a bunch of thunderstorms
Second Stage: Warm air forms storm, and moves to the center. It then rises creating clouds.
Third Stage: Clouds form a ring called the "eye wall".
Fourth Stage: Ring spins and grows to large sizes.
Fifth Stage: Once over land, the storm dies.