Wind Storm Research Paper

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Have you ever seen a powerful wind storm that destroyed houses, uprooted, and totaled cars? What are these mysterious, naturally occurring wind storms? Nobody truly knows how long these mysterious wind storms have been around. They do know this; that they are naturally occurring. These mysterious wind storms are called tornadoes. Tornadoes are very destructive and can cause people to be homeless. What are tornadoes? A tornado is a mobile, destructive vortex of violently rotating winds having the appearance of a funnel-shaped cloud, and advancing beneath a large storm system. “The most destructive tornadoes are capable of having tremendous destruction, and wind speeds can get around 300 miles per hour!” (Weather Wiz Kids Weather Information …show more content…
Tornadoes come from two types of thunderstorms called supercell and non-supercell. Tornadoes that come from a supercell thunderstorm are the most common, and often the most dangerous. Supercell thunderstorms form when there is a rotating updraft. “Only about 20% of all supercell thunderstorms, will actually produce a tornado” (Tornado Types). The other one is non-supercell thunderstorms. Non-supercell thunderstorms are circulations that do not form from an organized storm-scale rotation. These tornadoes form from a vertically spinning parcel of already occurring near the ground caused by wind shear from a warm, cold, or sea breeze front, or a dryline. Eastern Colorado experiences these non-supercell tornadoes, when cool air rushes down off the Rocky Mountains and collides with the hot dry air of the plains. One type of tornado that a non-supercell thunderstorm creates is a gustnado. A gustnado is a whirl of dust or debris at or near the ground with no condensation funnel, which forms along the gust front of a storm. Another type of tornado is a landspout tornado. A landspout is a tornado with a narrow, rope- like condensation funnel, that forms when the thunderstorm cloud is still growing, and there is no rotating updraft. A rotating updraft is the spinning motion that originates near the ground. Another type is a waterspout which is similar to landspouts, except that they occur over water. All the damage from these tornadoes …show more content…
In July of 1643 a guy by the name of Governor John Winthrop was the first man to describe a tornado (“Tornado History”). He first described this in the state of Massachusetts. Winthrop described this tornado as a sort of a wind gust, that came out of nowhere. According to Winthrop this gust blew down trees, filled the air with dust, lifted up a meeting house in Newbury, and killed one Indian (“Tornado History”). This was the first time someone has ever described a tornado. Although scientists did not begin to study tornadoes until the mid 1900s (“NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory”). To scientists tornadoes are still mysteries and we have lots to

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