Facts About Tornadoes

  1. The word Tornado has originated from the Spanish word 'tronada'. The word 'tronada' itself has its origins in the latin word 'tonare', which literally means to thunder.
  2. The Tornado is a air column that rotates rapidly, while connecting with a cloud base and the earth's surface. There are several forms that a tornado may assume, but the most typical and infamous is the funnel type shape, with the narrow end touching the earth.
  3. The lower portion of the funnel is invariably a cloud of debris that has been picked up by the tornado's suction power.
  4. Another typical behavior seen in twisters and cyclones is their travel from southwest to northeast. However, this is not the case always. Some can also move in the opposite direction and even turn back if hit by winds from the thunderstorm's core.
  5. The funnel clouds last for less than ten minutes, also most of them last for a few seconds. However, cyclones are known to last for over an hour, in the early nineteenth century.
  6. Tornadoes can have a pretty speed associated with them. A normal tornado can achieve speeds as high as 120 mph and can measure up ton 250 feet across. The more destructive tornadoes have windspeeds as high as three hundred meters per hour. They can measure more than a mile across and be on the ground for ten miles or more.
  7. Tornadoes can occur almost anywhere in the world any continent on the globe, except Antarctica. The highest occurrence of the tornadoes is in America, New Zealand and the western and southeastern Australia, northwestern and central Europe, Italy, east central South America, south central and eastern Asia and Southern Africa.
  8. Tornadoes cannot be seen by the naked eye. Tornadoes travel over the surface of the earth, and quite a few times there is no physical manifestation of the tornado, only a trail of destruction left behind by the tornado.





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