Essay on Tornadoes: Tornado and Weather Guide Calendar

693 Words Sep 15th, 2008 3 Pages


Purpose: To inform the audience about tornadoes

Thesis: Today I will discuss some fascinating facts about tornadoes. Specifically, I will discuss the causes, occurrences, myths, and oddities associated with tornadoes.

Organizational Pattern: Topical

I. Introduction

A. Attention Getter Have you ever seen a tornado or known someone who has?
B. Relevance Tornadoes can be devastating and can occur anywhere at anytime so you may be affected by one or know someone who will.
C. Credibility I am fascinated by tornadoes and have done research in the last couple weeks preparing for this speech.
D. Thesis Today I will discuss some fascinating facts about tornadoes.
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C. There are many myths that people have about tornadoes [Visual Aid]
1. According to, the first myth is that areas near rivers, lakes, and mountains are safe from tornadoes. In fact, no place is safe. In the late 1980s, a tornado swept through Yellowstone National Park.
2. The second myth is that the low pressure in a tornado causes buildings to explode when in fact, the structural damage is caused by winds exceeding 200 miles per hour.
3. Another myth is that windows should be opened before a tornado approaches to equalize pressure and minimize damage when all this does is allow damaging winds to enter and wastes your time getting to a safe place.

Transition Finally, tornadoes produce certain oddities.

D. Oddities can and have occurred during tornadoes.
1. Larry Sessions labels these as AWESOME Observations which stands for “Anomalous Weather Event Seen Over Mother Earth.” [Visual Aid]
2. According to Sessions, “there are fairly well substantiated cases of it raining not cats and dogs [or cows as we all saw in the movie, “Twister”], but turtles and frogs (as well as an assortment of fishes, snakes, insects and many other living and non-living items).
3. Also, according to the 1996 Weather Guide, there have been reports of record albums lodged in telephone polls, boards lodged into trees, and even the “de-feathering” of chickens.

Transition In conclusion,

III. Conclusion

A. I have discussed the causes, occurrences,

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