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The region of the United States where most tornadoes occur
States of Tornado Alley
MO, OK, TX, KS
Scale used to measure strength of a tornado (ex. F-5)
Spirialing of liquids and/or gases
Three "ingredients" for a vortex
uneven heating, Earth's rotation, gravity
a "body" of air that has a general temperature and humidity (ex. cool and dry or hot and humid)
Air Masses that meet in Tornado Alley
Cool and Dry from Canada meets Hot and Humid from the Gulf of Mexico
sound created by the expansion of the air that is suddenly heated by lightning
funnel cloud that comes down out of a cumulonimbus cloud and makes contact with the ground
spinning of the air and the water vapor inside
person who developed the scale used to measure the strength of tornadoes
weather predicting tool that allows the inside of a storm to be seen through computer images
Light Damage: Some damage to chimneys;branches broken off trees;shallow-rooted trees pushed over;a sign boards damaged.
Moderate Damage: Peels surface off roofs;mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned;moving autos blown off roads.
Considerable Damage: Roofs torn off frame houses;mobile homes demolished;boxcars overturned; large trees snapped or uprooted; light-object missiles generated;cars lifted off ground.
Severe Damage: Roofs and some walls torn off well-constructed houses; trains overturned;most trees in forest uprooted;heavy cars lifted off the ground and thrown.
Devastating Damage: Well constructed houses leveled off foundations;structures with weak foundations blown away some distance;cars thrown and large missiles generated.
Incredible damage: strong framed houses leveled off foundations and swept away; automobile-sized missiles fly through the air in excessof 100 meters (109 yards); trees debarked; incredible phenomena will occur
Very unlikely. Difficult to distinguish from damage that would accompany the F-4/F-5
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