The tornado within



Keywords: tornado, encyclopedia, encyclopaedia, britannica, article
Description: A small-diameter column of violently rotating air developed within a convective cloud and in contact with the ground. Tornadoes occur most often in association with thunderstorms...

tornado , tornado Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. a small-diameter column of violently rotating air developed within a convective cloud and in contact with the ground. Tornadoes occur most often in association with thunderstorms during the spring and summer in the mid-latitudes of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. These whirling atmospheric vortices can generate the strongest winds known on Earth: wind speeds in the range of 500 km (300 miles) per hour have been measured in extreme events. When winds of this magnitude strike a populated area, they can cause fantastic destruction and great loss of life, mainly through injuries from flying debris and collapsing structures. Most tornadoes, however, are comparatively weak events that occur in sparsely populated areas and cause minor damage.






Photogallery The tornado within:


May 22, 2011  The Joplin Tornado | Stormstalker


BBC iWonder - How does a breeze turn into a terrifying tornado?


FLASHBACK: Witnessing the tornado that struck Cantrall 20 years ...


Tornadoes in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


June 8, 1974: Tulsa's first big tornado disaster - BatesLine


Texas tornadoes: Ten tornadoes wreak havoc across Forth Worth ...


The hand of God appears in the sky of Moore after tornado -Strange ...


Inside the Tornado - Geoffrey A. Moore


The Online Tornado FAQ (by Roger Edwards, SPC)


Deadly El Reno tornado widest ever recorded in US - Channel 4 News


DavidMixner.com - Live From Hell's Kitchen


june_2_1875.png


Tornadoes strike again. How do they work? | The Why Files


Epic Outbreak of Tornadoes Across the Southeast on 27-28 April ...


Chasing Tornadoes: A Close Call with a Deadly Storm


severe-wx / Tornadoes


Tornado - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Storms Inside Storms: How Hurricanes Spawn Tornadoes  From The ...


May 14, 2006 Severe Weather Event


Violent Tornadoes F4/EF-4/F5/EF-5 in Oklahoma (1950-Present)