Essay about Cause And Effect Of Tornadoes

1083 Words Dec 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Tornadoes make full use of the element of surprise. They seemingly form out of nowhere, varying greatly in size, strength, agility and speed, unpredictably destroying some or all of life’s most prized possessions, including the most precious of all – life. Leaving in their wake only remnants of physical memories carelessly scattered about. Living in “Tornado Alley” or any other tornado prone region is at times a leap of faith which only Mother Nature controls, yet societally this is an excepted risk. We have many advantages over our predecessors; statistic and evidence based weather forecasting improvements, radar, satellite imaging, warning and alert systems of various kinds, and field Storm Spotters and Chasers documenting these magnificent wonders. However, we still professedly fail to convincingly communicate the dangers of these destructive beasts.
Predictions of tornadoes is not something recent, these weather anomalies have been studied for more than 100 years. Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s the usage of the word “tornado” in forecasts was prohibited by the Weather Bureau because it was “felt that mention of the word tornado provoked undue fear amongst the public” (Corfidi, 2010). While the ban was eventually lifted, little research progress had been made until 1948 when two US Air Force weather officers successfully predicted a tornado in Oklahoma (2010). The prediction of this event is what led to the establishment of the US Air Force’s Severe…

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