Day 164: Tornadoes! May 14, 2007Posted by J Gontesky in Meteorology.
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In wrapping up our severe weather safety unit, we covered the most sensational, devastating severe weather threat that exists in Kansas: Tornadoes. We discussed the Greensburg tornado, as well as viewed a short video clip shot by some storm chasers in Oklahoma just last week.
Today’s focus was on how tornadoes form – from the necessary ingredients of warm moist air, wind sheer, and a thunderstorm with a strong updraft. When these pieces are brought together in just the right mix, a tornado can and will develop. We then discussed some of the safety rules when it comes to taking shelter from a tornado. Tomorrow we’ll continue on tornado safety and begin work on the Severe Weather Safety tri-fold brochure project (due Friday).
The photograph to the right is a fascinating one. This picture of a tornado and lightning stroke over Lake Okeechobee was taken at about 10 PM on June 15, 1991. The photograph was taken by Mr. Fred Smith. If it hadn’t been for the Lightning at the same time as the pic was shot, you would never have seen the massive tornado funnel already on the ground. When you hear a nighttime tornado warning for your area, take cover because most of the time you will never see it coming.