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Tornadoes . The funnel of destiny Clay Trantham Science Shepard. What is a Tornado?. A tornado is a violent rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. What Conditions cause Tornadoes?. Conditions that can cause a tornado are -Warm, humid weather

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The funnel of destiny

Clay Trantham



what is a tornado
What is a Tornado?
  • A tornado is a violent rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground.


what conditions cause tornadoes
What Conditions cause Tornadoes?
  • Conditions that can cause a tornado are

-Warm, humid weather

-Windy Conditions


how long does a tornado last
How long does a Tornado last?
  • Tornadoes usually last just a few minutes, but some short and small tornadoes will only last a couple of seconds.
  • The longest tornado in known in history was the Tri-State Tornado, lasting 3 hrs. and 29 minutes.

when do tornadoes happen
When do Tornadoes happen?
  • Tornadoes manly happen in the spring or summer, but can happen anytime of year.
  • It occurs more often in warmer and humid weather.

Picture:Tornado Facts/

what kind damage does a tornado do
What kind damage does a tornado do?
  • With a tornado, it really depends on how powerful it was.
  • Some small tornadoes will cost a couple thousand, and others can cost millions of dollars.

Picture: NASA 2012/

the fujita scale
The Fujita Scale
  • The Fujita scale is used to measure the speed, size, and damage of a tornado.
  • F1: 78-112 mph, usually breaks tree branches and rips off roof shingles.
  • F2:Trees torn from ground, roof being removed from house frames
  • F3:Trains overturned, cars picked up from road
  • F4:Houses destroyed, cars thrown 100s of meters.
  • F5:Trees debarked, steel torn, concrete cracked

tornado facts
Tornado Facts

Small tornadoes sometime branch off of large tornadoes

In Oklahoma, a small herd of cattle were sucked up by a tornado and carried across the countryside, before being set down unharmed.

In 1981, a tornado that swept through the Italian City of Ancona lifted a sleeping baby from its baby carriage and set it down unharmed on the ground.

the tri state tornado
The Tri-State Tornado
  • The Tri State is the largest tornado in U.S. History. This tornado holds many records. They Include:
    • Killing the most people: 747 bodies found
    • The longest lasting: it lasted 3 hours and 29 minutes
    • The fastest traveling speed: 73 mph
    • It traveled through 8 states: affected: Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Kansas, possibly other states