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First and foremost tornadoes are microscale events, meaning that compared with other weather patterns they are small, short lived, develop quickly, and thus can be influenced by small changes. The minute differences that determine exactly where and when a tornado will develop are often too small to detect or accurately measure, especially since we cannot measure many conditions at very location. Somtimes the tornado itself escapes detection until it is too late.

Even then, the dynamics of tornado formation are still not fully understood, so we still don't know why one storm will produce a tornado while another won't.

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