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Preparation for a Tornado

Preparation for a Tornado

From March to May of every year, the southern states are occasionally plagued by disastrous weather phenomenon known as tornadoes. For northern states, the risk comes during spring to the onset of summer.

Tornadoes are considered as storms. And you know that no storm is not violent. The dangers caused by tornadoes are not due to the gustiness of the winds but by sudden and unanticipated occurrence.

Unlike hurricanes, which are comparatively more powerful, the onset of a tornado can not be easily tracked. Satellite weather systems can not easily spot them because of their sudden development and their relatively smaller scale.

Thus, people can only tell that there is a tornado when they actually see one. Tornadoes are massive and destructive mass of air accumulating rapidly is a circular manner. The wind is so strong that almost everything that comes to the way of the tornado is easily flown into it.

How to tell if a tornado is approaching

Before any safety measure, it is imperative that you be knowledgeable about the appearance and the indicators of the presence of the violent weather phenomenon.

Take note that before a tornado hits an area, the wind may not be destructive minutes before the tornado hits the place. Often, before a tornado is observed, the wind may be very still. There may or may not be presence of rain.

Usually, tornadoes occur at the trailing end of a thunderstorm. Thus, if there is strong thunderstorm, be prepared on the possibility that a tornado may come anytime during of before the thunderstorm ends.

Because tornadoes are made up basically of strong and whirling winds, one can not easily see them. Often, reported cases indicate that the tornado appears like a cloud-like structure.

Tornadoes can be seen due to the debris and dust they have accumulated while tracking their courses. You may see the debris rotating in the air in circular, whirling motion.

Before a tornado hits an area, you can also hear loud roaring sound that is almost similar to an approaching freight train. The wind will also become turbulent and destructive.

Safety measures before a tornado

One indicator that a tornado will possibly hit an area is dark and often violet to greenish sky, which is prevalent during destructive thunderstorms.

When you see and feel the indications of an approaching tornado, find a safe shelter right away. Remember, tornadoes are destructive and fatal not merely because of the strong winds but because of the debris they have accumulated.

These debris vary from roof, to large rocks, to large chunks of trees. When people are hit by such debris, that is the time the tornado becomes fatal. So make sure the shelter you find would protect you from any such debris.

Safety measures during a tornado

Homes located in areas that are often hit by tornadoes almost always have basements. Basements offer reliable protection to people during tornadoes, so find one during an attack of a tornado.

If you are in your car, just get out and find a safe shelter. Or simply lie down on sturdy structure. Lie flat and cover the head with hands. Be alert and look out for falling debris coming from the tornado.

After the tornado, make sure any structure in your home is not significantly damaged. Otherwise, seek professional help all at once to ensure your safety.

Tornadoes are phenomenal that one can not prevent it from occurring. However, if you know the how-to’s of being safe during such weather disturbances, you would avoid being one of the many casualties arising from such a weather turbulence.

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How do you tell the direction of a cold front?

Question by Funky Monkey: How do you tell the direction of a cold front?
We have to fill out this chart, but we can’t figure out what your supposed to put in the fourth column. What do you put there?
(they are numbered to show which items go together)

This is what we have so far:

1. NY
2. NJ
3. WA

Wind speed:
1. 28-32 knots
2. 3-7 knots
3. 13-17 knots

Type of front:
1. Cold front
2. Cold front
3. Cold front

Direction of cold front:

1. ?
2. ?
3. ?


Best answer:

Answer by Jonathan G
In the US most fronts move east.

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The Roll Of Satellites And How It Effects Our Weather Forecast

The Roll Of Satellites And How It Effects Our Weather Forecast

One of the largest parts of our news programs is the up to date reports they give us about our recent and upcoming weather events.

Usually news shows will highlight the weather at the beginning of a program and later dedicate a whole segment of the broadcast entirely to the weather report. Accurate weather reporting makes some aspects of our lives a whole lot easier.

In the olden days of weather forecasting, when we had cute little weather girls who were not trained meteorologists, all we got was a large map of the country with those funny looking cutouts of a sun, clouds, raindrops or snow flakes. Those reports were not always very accurate either.

Of course we have come a long way since those days. Today almost all news programs use real meteorologist that are expertly trained in weather related issues, along with satellite imaging to show what our coming weather will be.

Satellites play a large part in the way weather is forecast. The images received from them can show not only the clouds that make our weather, but smoke from wildfires, volcanic ash, oil spills, our coastlines, and so much more. These satellite images are used for all kinds of news reporting besides just our weather forecast. They provide us with important news worthy images from all around the world.

We all know what an important part that satellites play in our lives today. They help us to have better television reception, phone service, and our military uses them also.

They help us to take pictures of things deep in space that normally we could never hope to see. With all these added bonuses of having satellite technology, helping to predict our weather is still one of the most important jobs that they do.

There has been much hurricane and tornado activity that has plagued our planet in recent years. As disastrous as they have been, many lives have been spared because we are now able to clearly see where these storm systems are and track them until they eventually play them selves out.

We can see where they originate, how strong they are, and people are able to make them selves ready.

There are many other factors that satellites play an important part in concerning weather and forcasting it. The best part is knowing we have an eye in the sky helping to protect and forcast our future weather conditions.

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Question by thunda111: lightning…?
how is lightning made? can we use it? can it be helpful? i’m looking for a explanitry an explanatory answer here cos i realy don’t know and i’d like to know as many facts as possible, also if you can answer from your own knowledge instead of ctrl+c – ctrl+v ing from wikipedia or somthing that would be great ☺ sorry that was so long ☺

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when clouds are in the air they get side becomes positively charged while the other end becomes negatively charged.the clouds get pushed close to each other when it rains so the opposite charges of different clouds get too close and some charge is produced which is lightening.I hope i helped you.

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