# Can you predict whether a tornado is forming or is going to hit if so how?

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###### 2011-03-08 21:34:44

Only to a limited degree.

Doppler radar can detect a mesocyclone, which is a rotating updraft in a thunderstorm that can produce a tornado. Radar can also detect the much smaller signature of a possible tornado, though this can be difficult, especially for weak and short lived tornadoes. Even if radar detects such a signature, it cannot tell if it is on the ground of if it will touch down, but it is enough to prompt a tornado warning.

By detecting where a mesocyclone or possible tornado is and knowing the direction of the storm, it is possible to see what areas might be in damager.

Even with this technology some tornadoes strike without warning, and there are many false alarms.

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