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  • Joplin Tornado Essay

    These power lines not only posed danger to anyone that came near them but also house chemicals. Power lines include transformers and different electrical components that can contain oils that can be highly toxic. Many of the companies in the town housed chemicals for industrial operations and plants that were also spread throughout the town. Damages, Injuries and Fatalities The Fujita scale is how tornadoes are rated. This rating is based on wind speeds which cannot actually be accurately recorded inside of a tornado. The wind speeds are calculated by the amount of destruction to common things like businesses and homes. The scale which, was named after its creator Dr. Ted Fujita, is based on a scale from EF0 TO EF5. The Joplin tornado was ranked at the highest rating of EF5. Storms with this rating see wind speeds over 200 miles per hour. This magnitude of tornados is capable of sweeping homes right off foundations and is able to pick up automobiles. According to Houston & Franken (2015) “the tornado killed 158 people, injured more than 1,000, and destroyed approximately one third of all houses in Joplin as well as many schools and businesses”. Storms of this magnitude leave towns with little to nothing left. The damages from this storms took years to rebuild and make whole…

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  • Tornado Alley Research Paper

    Introduction Rotating funnel-shaped clouds that can leave a mile wide damage path that can grow to fifty miles long (Tornado Facts and History). From May to early June, warnings and watches are put out to protect people from these powerful forces of nature. Understanding how they form and what to look for before one touches down can save the lives of many people. Looking into history, past tragic events can help future ones to be less tragic. The scale rating these tornadoes can show just how…

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  • Wind Storm Research Paper

    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…

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  • Do Storm Chasers Measure The Speed Of A Tornado

    For my essay, I am going to write about tornadoes. My question is how do storm chasers measure the speed of a tornado? The first topic I will be telling you about is the F scale. Did you know the person who invented the F scale went to the University of Chicago. The second topic is about tornadoes and about 1,200 tornadoes hit the U.S. each year. My final topic is over storm chasers. I learned that storm chasers park southeast of the tornado because usually it is the safest place to park. There…

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  • 2011 Joplin Tornado Essay

    was ripped away from their souls. May 22, 2011 will forever have a hold of the hearts of many Missourians in Joplin. The 2011 Joplin tornado was a catastrophic EF5 multiple-vortex tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri in the late afternoon of Sunday, May 22, 2011. “The Enhanced F-scale, or EF scale, is a set of wind estimates (not measurements) based on damage” (Enhanced Fujita Tornado Damage Scale). The Joplin tornado reached wind speeds of at least 200 mph, putting the tornado at the highest…

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  • Touchdown Phenomenon Tornado Case Study

    In April of 2011, a supercell caused 363 tornadoes to touch down in several states within a four day period. On April 27th alone, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed over 200 tornadoes touched down that ranked between F-0 and F-6 on the Fujita scale. This record breaking phenomenon resulted in the deaths of 348 people with damages estimating over $11 billion dollars. Due to the magnitude of the outbreak, National Weather Services assigned several teams to not only…

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  • What Are The Six Categories Of Tornadoes?

    According to Enhanced Fujita Scale, the tornadoes in the United States and Canada can be rated in six categories: EF0, EF1, EF2, EF3, EF4 and EF5. Scale Wind speed (mph) Rating classifications EF0 65–85 Weak EF1 86–110 Weak EF2 111–135 Strong and significant EF3 136–165 Strong, significant and intense EF4 166–200 Violent, significant and intense EF5 >200 Violent, significant and intense Figure 1. The six categories of tornadoes of the Enhanced Fujita Scale EF5 tornadoes have happened in the…

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  • Why Tornadoes Are Bad

    speed and intensity, which would be about an EF4 to an EF5, kind of like the wedge, but the wedge is much more stronger. "Gigantic, roaring masses of fury that can grow one mile wide or even larger (Mersereau 115)." Being a mile wide is a huge base of a tornado, they can get even bigger the that. With being this big they can do a ton of damage to a city or even a field of crop by a farm. Even though it is the second most dangerous tornado that can happen, it still have just the same…

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  • The Pain Scale By Eula Biss Analysis

    The measurements of our world strive to quantify the quality of our lives. The scales we use to measure ourselves and how we feel, fail to understand the concept of life itself. The tears of joy felt by a mother; the symphony of silence held by a survivor; the loudness of a murmur spoken as a prayer. Life is a composition, led by a melody, woven piece by piece, tied by our hopes and colored by our sorrows. Like darkness is the absence of light, pain is measured by the absence of happiness.…

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  • Theme Of Injustice In A Lesson Before Dying

    Injustice and the Importance of Being a Man in A Lesson Before Dying Justitia, the goddess of justice, is portrayed with a blindfold holding scales and a sword, but she, in applying her scales and sword, has never been colorblind in the U. S. 1[1] Ernest J. Gaines accuses the legal injustice against the black population through an innocent convict, Jefferson's death in A Lesson Before Dying. However, Gaines penetrates the fact that the legal injustice is rather a result than a…

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