General Question

scienceNYC's avatar

What causes tornadoes?

Asked by scienceNYC (78points) January 24th, 2008

How do tornadoes start in nature? Why are they more likely to happen in certain places?

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

5 Answers

kelly's avatar

I’m not a meterologist. Recall that conditions usually are cold front overriding a warm moist front causing the warm moist air to rise in blocks of air or columns. Then there needs to be wind or frontal movement to start these moist column to start to spin. thenthe updraft feeds more air moving up, causing more spin etc. Geographically, tornados can happen most places and almost any time of year. In fact in Northern Illinois there was a destructive tornado that blew a freight train off the tracks, two weeks ago during a very warm front coming through (today its minus 10) Tornado alley is in OK, TX, KS because warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico is hit by cool fronts dropping down from Canada or dropping over the Rockies.

xgunther's avatar

Usually the flatter the land, the better the chance. On the west coast, Tornados are most frequent in the Southern California coastal plain (Long Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach)

blueberryme's avatar

These phenomenal photos might make you even more curious!

towens0808's avatar

When I used to go to Kansas for the summers I was always told that tornadoes were caused by high winds and rough weather that caused the tornado

bea2345's avatar

I have seen waterspouts (tornadoes over water) in the Gulf of Paria. On that particular day, there were three or four, moving on the surface of the ocean. They looked as if they were dancing.

Answer this question




to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther