Tornadoes are one of the most devastating natural disasters in the history of the earth. Tornadoes are formed during storms that have very erratic, shifting winds called wind shears. Wind shears are winds of different altitudes that change directions frequently. These wind shears move at very fast speeds and at different directions and when they collide, they produce a rolling motion of winds that moves horizontally. When this horizontal column gets caught in the vertical energy of a thunderstorm, it begins to strengthen and pick up momentum. The vertical energy tilts the rotating horizontal column to a vertical direction and as a result a funnel shape in the sky is produced. Moreover, it is the rain and the hail produced from a thunderstorm that causes the funnel shape to touch the ground and form a tornado.
Tornadoes normally occur an hour at a time, and they normally develop in the late afternoon to early nighttime and the most powerful tornadoes measure 2 miles in width and can reach wind speeds of 300 mph. The destruction that they bring can demolish the grounds for up to dozens of miles at a time.
Tornado Warnings How to Prepare for a Tornado
Tornadoes are one of nature’s most terrifying and destructive natural forces that bring a trail of destruction as it passes through town after town. There are no ways of avoiding them especially if you live in an area that is plagued by thunderstorms that produce tornadoes. You can, however, be prepared to face a tornado and its aftermath of destruction. Here are different ways on preparing for a tornado.
- Tornadoes are very difficult to predict when they will occur. When there are strong thunderstorms in your area, it would be practical to keep your radios on for any news of from the Tornado Watch.
- In the event of a Tornado Warning, you should head to the basement of your home. If you do not have a basement then you should move to a small room in the middle of your home.
- Stay clear of walls, doors and windows.
- If outside, you should find an area that is as low to the ground as possible. A good example of this would be a ditch or drainage.
- If you are driving, you should drive opposite the tornado and search for a building that you may seek shelter in.
- If you are very near a tornado and you are inside your car, you should evacuate your car immediately because the tornado may get your car with you inside.
- Always have an emergency kit with food, clothing, light, flair light, toiletries, and water prepared in case you find yourself trapped in for days.
How to Issue Earlier Tornado Warnings
Scientists have been continuously improving their efforts to improve on early tornado warnings as it is extremely difficult to predict when and where a tornado will form. There is still much needed information on how to distinguish between the thunderstorms that produce tornadoes to those that are simply just thunderstorms. This seems to be the key element in figuring out when and where a tornado is most likely to form.
People in the past never really had proper means to be able to predict when or where a tornado will occur. To keep safe, they built a basement room in their homes for them to be able to retreat to when they see a tornado in their vicinity. The early sign of a tornado was when there was a strong thunderstorm in their area. This was when people would start preparing their emergency kits as well as rounding up their families in the basement room that they had built in case of a tornado. It was more of a wait and see type of mentality back then, when people would just stare into the thunderstorm and wait for a tornado to form.
In recent years, scientists have developed new tools in being able to more or less tell where a tornado will form. These tools are called tornado pots and resemble a microphone stand found on stage. These pots contain different tools that are able to measure the different temperatures, winds and wind speeds that tornadoes have. The recorded data or information from the tornado pots are downloaded and stored inside a computer. Their goal is to be able to increase warning time to half an hour, which is more than enough time for people to evacuate the premises and get to safer ground.
How to Avoid Tornadoes
There are many ways on how to avoid tornadoes. Here are a few tips:
- Always use technology such as AlertID to your advantage. Always go online to find out about the different weather forecasts in your area. AlertID provides free weather alerts.
- Upon learning of the different thunderstorms in the vicinity, you may already plan on which area you can take your family to rent a room in. Be sure to choose an area that has thunderstorm.
- If your online network coverage is somehow hampered, the next best thing would be to have your radios on at all times for you to be able to listen for tornado warnings.
Tornadoes are natural disasters that could be avoided by taking the necessary steps as well as planning properly. Join AlertID now to receive free tornado warning to protect yourself and your family.