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Steff Reynolds

Hypothesis: Despite the fact that the incidence of tornadoes has increased over the last 40 years, the death rate has decreased due to better awareness and vigilance.

In the United States, "tornado season" generally is in the spring when tornadoes are more prevalent from April through July, with May and June being the peak months. But like thunderstorms, tornadoes can form any time of the year.

The area in which tornadoes are most prevalent is known as "tornado alley," typically defined the region from Texas north to Nebraska. But, of course, tornadoes can and do occur in every state in the country.

- Tornado watch

- Tornado warnings

- Advances in science and technology have greatly increased the ability of meteorologists to provide advanced notice of them. 

  • Tornado Facts

  • A tornado may be in close proximity to sunshine, or it may be totally enshrouded in heavy rain.
  • Sometimes the air before a twister hits is eerily calm; in other cases strong, gusty winds are followed by a tornado.
  • Large hail and tornadoes can be produced by the same thunderstorm. However, many hailstorms are not accompanied by tornadoes, and vice versa.
  • While many tornadoes move from a southwest direction, they can also travel from other directions such as west or northwest.
  • Twisters can take a variety of not only sizes but also shapes: from the traditional Wizard-of-Oz-like funnel, to snake-like "multiple vortices," from a drawn-out rope shape to a wide, churning, "smoky" appearance.
  • The sound of a tornado has been likened to that of a freight train or a jet engine, but there is no guarantee that you will hear such a noise before it's too late. 

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