Tornado Truth 1. The deadliest ever twister was the 'Tri-State' twister that passed through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana on March 18th 1925. During its three? hour life this tornado killed 695 individuals along its 219 mile path.
Twister Fact 2. Tornadoes are measured and rated utilizing the Fujita scale.
Twister Reality 3. Tornadoes are inclined to happen in mid-latitudes, and as they are restricted to land plenty this implies mainly within the northern hemisphere.
Tornado Fact 4. These over the US are typically the most violent because the North American continent has a mix of warm, moist Gulf air from the south colliding with cold air travelling down from the north west, producing ultimate tornado forming circumstances.
Twister Reality 5. On some days as much as 20 tornadoes could also be noticed in Twister Alley- the flat country of the mid-west stretching from Texas by to Oklahoma and Kansas.
Tornado Reality 6. A wind pace of 280mph was ascribed to a twister that hit Texas in April 1958
Twister Truth 7. The common life-span of a twister is approximately 15 minutes. Nevertheless some can final for much longer, on twenty sixth Could 1917 the Mattoon-Charleston Twister lasted seven and a half hours and travelled 293 miles.
Twister Fact 8. A 'tremendous Outbreak' of tornadoes during 3rd and 4th April 1974 saw 148 particular person tornadoes cross and devastate and space from Alabama to Michigan.
Twister Reality 9. Though they can and do journey in any direction, the majority of tornadoes journey from south-west to north-east.
Tornado Truth 10. The US endures round 750 tornadoes annually.
Twister Fact 11. Tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, although there tends to be a peak within the US in Twister Alley during Could and June.
Tornado Truth 12. Few folks survive seeing the within of a tornado vortex. Invoice Keller from Kansas survived such a vortex in June 1928: "A screaming, hissing sound came directly from the end of the funnel, and when I seemed up I saw proper into the very heart of the twister...it was brilliantly lit with fixed flashes of lightning...around the rim of the vortex, small tornadoes were consistently breaking away and writhing their manner across the funnel"
Tornado Truth thirteen. The inside of the funnel accommodates extremely low strain equal to the pressure distinction between floor stage and an altitude of 4,900 toes - giving big suction energy
Tornado Truth 14. In the city of Natchez, Mississippi, in 1840 a twister one mile extensive touched down killing 48 people on land and drowning a further 269 in river boats and steam ships on the Mississippi river.
Twister Fact 15. A waterspout is a tornado that occurs over water quite than land. Nevertheless they're usually much less violent, and won't transfer systematically northeastwards like a tornado would.
Tornado Truth 16. A bridge is not an excellent place to shelter from a tornado! Typically the confined house will enhance the overall wind speed. This is despite well-known TV footage of a news crew sheltering under a bridge. They did not receive a direct hit from the twister and the bridge was of a uncommon design the place they might crawl amongst the uncovered girders for shelter and grip.
Twister Truth 17. Probably the most northerly tornado ever noticed was on August 26th, 1976 at Kiana, Alaska, fifty four miles north of Anchorage.
Tornado Reality 18. Effectively that is advice, more than reality. If you are caught out within the open by a tornado with no close by buildings to shelter in, lie in a ditch, or lowest attainable area, and shield your head and neck with your arms. Then pray.
Tornado Truth 19. Tornadoes are clear, and seem so within the early phases of development, until mud and particles are picked up and provides them colour.
Twister Reality 20. Solely 2% of tornadoes are classed as violent (F4 and F5), however these account for 70% of all tornado deaths.
Twister Reality 21. 70% of all tornadoes are weak (F0 and F1), and account for lower than 5% of all tornado deaths.
Twister Reality 22. 50% of all fatalities from tornadoes happen amongst residents of cellular houses.
Twister Reality 23. Hurricane Beulah spawned one hundred fifteen