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Tornadoes 2012

In the beginning of the new year , we are already seeing deadly tornadoes sweep across the nation. Normally this is a bit early for tornadoes to form , but it seems spring is just about here, especially in most parts of the Untied States. Recently deadly tornadoes , and severe thunderstorms obliterated parts of Alabama, Kentucky, and Ohio. This tornado outbreak has caused 28 deaths as reported recently by news stations. This is a really unfortunate event, although in tornado alley this has been a part of life for years

It was reported by officials that there was 44 tornadoes were seen and reported in 5 different states. 9 states were under storm watch and had a potential chance of becoming very severe weather. This out break has caused whole neighborhoods to evacuated , other neighborhoods just were completely wiped out. In Kentucky over 28,000 people lost power. A 20 month year old girl found in Salem, Indiana , found alone without identity , she is very blessed to live , I' am happy to say.

I' am sure you are all aware how deadly tornadoes can be. It seems as we move forward in the future we are seeing extreme weather like never before , including the recent tornado outbreak. Not only that , today i had just looked at the news .and apparently snow had just covered the parts of Indiana that just had the tornado out break. We are seeing something freaky weather lately i must say. For the people who are reading this , if you are not aware what type of storms create tornadoes , and severe weather please read the next few paragraphs below.

The first ingredients to a nasty tornado is a thunderstorm. Not just any thunderstorm, regular thunderstorms are classified as single cell. multicell cluster,multicell line, and super cells (the type of storm most likely to produce a f1-f5 tornado). A regular single cell storm does not cause any damage you may not even hear a single thunder clap or see a lighting streak, these are not common.

The most common however is the multicell cluster, these storms are groups of cells moving together as one unit. The most organized these multicell storms are the more they will likely produce severe like weather, like hail storms ,or very weak tornadoes.Multicell clusters can be severe but, they really aren't devastating thunderstorms that will cause towns to be toppled.

Multicell lines storms are next with in our list of thunderstorms. These storms are dark in color, and appear to have more organized lined up clouds horizontally, as opposed to their cluster storm counter part. These storms produce more severe weather by causing falling hail the size of a golf ball, down burst winds, and flash floods. These storms can be severe and can cause some damage.

Lastly, the super cell, most of you have heard what these beasts of nature are. Even tho they are rare storms (so they say) they produce extreme weather that could possibly completely destroy a whole town in minutes. Even if they don't produce tornadoes they still can cause very high winds up to 40-70mph, fork lightning , baseball sized hail , and possible flash floods. Super cells are the main thunderstorms likely to produce tornadoes. It isn't understood by sceintists why they don't always occur even in the right conditions. These storms produce F0-F5 tornadoes.

The numbers F0-F5 is actually a damage chart called the Fujita scale. F0 produces about 40mph-70mph. F1 72mph-90mph. F2 95ph-150mph. F3 155-200. F4 200mph-250mph. The grandaddy of them all is the F5 tornadoes which produces 260mph-300+mph. The power an F5 tornado is absolutely devastating , worse then hurricane damages if it's in a direct path. F5 tornadoes can completely destroy towns , and neighborhoods in a horrifying blink of an eye.

The good news is that most of these storms don't really occur often at all especially if you live on the west coast or east coast of the U.S. The bad news is that if you live in toward the southern-mid United States or (tornado alley) these storms are more frequent do to the mixture of the golf warm air,warm and cold fronts and high dry cool air from the west. Tornadoes occurs mostly in March-May in the tornado alley area.

Some good advice i can give to anybody is to be prepared for these kind of events, always have an evacuation plan, always have extra food and supplies, and if you cannot evacuate take refuge in a basement or in a friends basement. Secondly keep close to your family, if there is severe weather coming to your town, time to get your kids together a.s.a.p the last thing is you want is your son/daughter to be away from home.


Street Talk

Kyle  

This is some awesome information...I now feel informed on tornadoes and storms that sweep tornado alley. Being from the northwest where we don't get tornadoes, I can only image the feeling of seeing one of these off in the distance or even coming at you! It is unfortunate that tornado season has come so early and is causing such devastation.

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  about 8 years ago
  

I know man , one of my biggest fears for a long time is coming face to face with a tornado. I love weather , but i know what its capable of so I try an appreciate the sunny days ha ha.

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  about 8 years ago
Kyle  

As for chasing storms, that just seems like it is thrill seekers to me. Do they really get any useful data other than the negative affects it has on their heart racing that fast? Better off skydiving.

  
  about 8 years ago
  

I' am pretty sure they make these devices that have to be sucked up by the tornado in order to check, test, or evaluate something, or they'll just chase storms for footage to news stations to make some money. I' am not completely sure but its a scary job tho i must say. Sky diving is safer!!!

  
  about 8 years ago
Kyle  

Being from the alley, would you say things are getting worse or better in terms of quantity and ferocity of the twisters rolling through? I know some people are total disbelievers in climate change, but to me it seems that disasters each year are happening far more frequently than when I was younger (although they did happen then).

  
  about 8 years ago
  

From all the research i have done on climate change and why the weather is changing so much, i believe that it is a mixture of the sun going through phases, weather modification (yes it is possible if you want to talk about that i have done a crap load of research in to that) and on a spiritual perspective i think there are many people who are doing something wrong for them to have huge storms cross through and destroy their whole towns(you don't have to believe this its just my own but its food for thought). Through out history there has been very severe weather but it seems to be happening way more often as we head in the future especially natural disasters , i can think of 10 disasters that happened in the past several years and there literally is at least 1 or 2 every year .this is a really interesting subject feel free to message me or comment me more on it i; am always up for a good conversation

  
  about 8 years ago
  

Sorry i kind of got off topic but think there are more frequent/ freak tornadoes in tornado alley then really strong ones, you'll only hear about the most devastating ones but there's a lot that spawn and don't do as much damage , there has always been strong tornadoes that stroll through but they spawn more often then they should. Super cells are supposed to be "rare storms" yet they appear like crazy during this part of year

  
  about 8 years ago
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