Tornadoes

A tornado or twister is a violent, rotating column of air which typically has a speed ranging from 177 km/h to over 480 km/h. This devastating windstorm is usually characterized by its funnel-shaped cloud that extends toward the ground.

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What are some organizations that monitor tornado activity?

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Tornado acitivty in the United States is monitored primarily by the Storm Prediction Center and the National Climatic Data Center, both of which are branches of NOAA. Tornado activity in Canada is monitored by Environment Canada.
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Where is the safest place to go during a tornado?

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Generally speaking, you want to be as low to the ground as possible during severe tornado conditions. A basement is ideal, as particularly powerful tornadoes can tear buildings apart. If you don’t have access to an underground space, being near the center of the building is the next best plan, staying away from any windows, as flying debris is one of the greatest dangers during these storms. If your interior bathroom has a bathtub, that can also be a sturdy place to stay safe.
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Do all supercell thunderheads cause tornadoes?

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No. Only about 10% of supercells produce tornadoes.
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How many people have been injured during a tornado?

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Countless people have been injured by tornadoes. Over 90,000 have been injured by tornadoes in the U.S. alone just since 1950. Records from before 1950 and from other countries are hard to come by or nonexistent.
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What damage can a thunderstorm cause?

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Usually there is lightning durning a thunderstorm and lightning is the cause of many peoples deaths, if they are unlucky enough to be struck. Lightning can also cause fires. Hail, wind, lightning, and tornadoes are some of the weather conditions that occur during a thunderstorm.
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What made the funnel appear pink to Ethan and Sarah?

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Dust swirling in the center of the funnel
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Where is the safest place to go at your house during a tornado?

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The safest place to be in your house during a tornado is in the basement.
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Do volcanoes get names like tornadoes?

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Since most volcanoes are mountains, they usually do have names. Tornadoes do not have names.
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Where are volcanoes the cause tornadoes?

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Volcanoes have nothing to do with tornadoes. See the related question for what causes tornadoes.