Tornado Reality 1. The deadliest ever tornado was the 'Tri-State' tornado that passed via Missouri, Illinois and Indiana on March 18th 1925. Throughout its three? hour life this tornado killed 695 individuals alongside its 219 mile path.
Twister Truth 2. Tornadoes are measured and rated utilizing the Fujita scale.
Tornado Fact 3. Tornadoes tend to happen in mid-latitudes, and as they are restricted to land lots this implies mainly in the northern hemisphere.
Tornado Fact 4. Those over the US are typically probably the most violent as the North American continent has a combination of warm, moist Gulf air from the south colliding with chilly air travelling down from the north west, producing ideal tornado forming conditions.
Twister Fact 5. On some days up to 20 tornadoes could also be noticed in Tornado Alley- the flat country of the mid-west stretching from Texas by to Oklahoma and Kansas.
Twister Truth 6. A wind velocity of 280mph was ascribed to a twister that hit Texas in April 1958
Tornado Fact 7. The average life-span of a twister is roughly quarter-hour. Nevertheless some can final much longer, on 26th Could 1917 the Mattoon-Charleston Twister lasted seven and a half hours and travelled 293 miles.
Twister Fact 8. A 'super Outbreak' of tornadoes during third and 4th April 1974 saw 148 individual tornadoes cross and devastate and area from Alabama to Michigan.
Twister Truth 9. Though they will and do travel in any path, the vast majority of tornadoes travel from south-west to north-east.
Tornado Truth 10. The US endures round 750 tornadoes yearly.
Tornado Reality 11. Tornadoes can occur at any time of the yr, although there tends to be a peak within the US in Twister Alley during May and June.
Tornado Fact 12. Few folks survive seeing the inside of a twister vortex. Invoice Keller from Kansas survived such a vortex in June 1928: "A screaming, hissing sound came directly from the top of the funnel, and when I regarded up I noticed proper into the very coronary heart of the twister...it was brilliantly lit with fixed flashes of lightning...around the rim of the vortex, small tornadoes were always breaking away and writhing their way around the funnel"
Tornado Fact thirteen. The within of the funnel contains extremely low pressure equal to the strain distinction between floor degree and an altitude of four,900 ft - giving big suction power
Tornado Fact 14. In the city of Natchez, Mississippi, in 1840 a twister one mile huge touched down killing forty eight folks on land and drowning an additional 269 in river boats and steam ships on the Mississippi river.
Twister Truth 15. A waterspout is a twister that happens over water relatively than land. However they are generally much less violent, and won't transfer systematically northeastwards like a tornado would.
Tornado Fact sixteen. A bridge shouldn't be an excellent place to shelter from a tornado! Generally the confined area will improve the general wind speed. This is despite well known TV footage of a information crew sheltering beneath a bridge. They didn't obtain 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 Fact 17. The most northerly tornado ever noticed was on August 26th, 1976 at Kiana, Alaska, 54 miles north of Anchorage.
Tornado Truth 18. Effectively that is advice, more than truth. If you're caught out in the open by a twister with no close by buildings to shelter in, lie in a ditch, or lowest doable area, and defend your head and neck with your arms. Then pray.
Tornado Fact 19. Tornadoes are transparent, and appear so within the early levels of improvement, until mud and particles are picked up and provides them colour.
Tornado Reality 20. Only 2% of tornadoes are classed as violent (F4 and F5), but these account for 70% of all twister deaths.
Twister Fact 21. 70% of all tornadoes are weak (F0 and F1), and account for less than 5% of all twister deaths.
Tornado Truth 22. 50% of all fatalities from tornadoes occur amongst residents of cellular properties.
Tornado Truth 23. Hurricane Beulah spawned one hundred fifteen