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How to Spot a Tornado

By Edited Jan 23, 2016 0 0

Some people today enjoy the thrill of chasing storms and their ultimate goal is to find a tornado when chasing a storm. If you are a storm chaser or are learning how to chase storms and detect tornado's, here are some things that you should keep in mind while doing so. If you want to know how to spot a tornado, here is what you should prepare for.

If there has been a few days or a week of very warm high humidity weather, you can expect some turbulent weather to be coming with a fast approaching cold front. If you notice that the clouds go from none to scattered to big and puffy, meaning cumulonimbus clouds, you can expect some rain and high wind activity. The larger that the clouds grow at the tops means the more rain and power they are holding and the more likely that there will be a storm. If you can monitor these puffy clouds and watch them grow over the day, you can expect that by night time there will be some rainfall. If you notice that these clouds take on an anvil shape, it means they are ready to spill over and release their power and fury.

Normally when this happens you can count on a down burst which is the release of rain, winds and hail from the cloud. This will also be accompanied by lightning as well. The larger these clouds grow and the more fierce the activity, the better the chance that it will be a powerful thunderstorm and there will also be funnel cloud activity. Normally when a cloud starts to grow and spill over at the top, there will be funnel clouds starting to develop because of the fact that the cold down drafts mixing with the warm updrafts will cause the air to circulate and swirl. This will start the formation of a funnel cloud which could turn into a tornado if give the opportunity. When the clouds also start to turn from very bright white to dark and black and even green and other colors, you can expect some violent weather activity to be approaching. These are the usual tell tale signs you should look out for when learning how to spot a tornado.

You can also spot a tornado by looking for tails in the clouds of low lying cumulonimbus clouds. If you notice and trails coming from the clouds, this could be a sign of a funnel cloud developing.

Source: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/tornado1.html



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