Spring Tornadoes

tornadoThe Wizard of Oz is a classic movie that has been enjoyed for decades by millions of people. But the reality and devastation of a tornado is certainly a serious topic. And during the spring season in the middle part of America, it is a fear held by many people. It seems as if every year there are at least a few twisters that leaves paths of destruction in their wake. But these types of weather phenomenons aren’t the only thing we worry about this time of year. For example, meteorologists will often use the term “downsloped” winds to describe weather happenings that can cause damage, gusting down from the mountains and across the plains, sustaining speeds of up to 80 mph. And it requires a mix of climate and geography for certain types of events to occur – especially severe events.

Many of these significant events occur in the late afternoon or early evening, usually around dusk. They often form a wind alley, gusting down a path that can change at any moment. It used to be that people did not have much warning before severe weather was upon them. However, thanks to continuing developments in technology and the ability to track weather patterns, we now generally have ample warnings about impending storms. That being said, we often don’t know how severe an event is going to be – storm experts can only offer up educated guesses.

If weather conditions start to look nasty, the best thing to do is to grab a battery powered radio if possible and head to the basement. If there’s no basement available, go to the most interior room within your house or apartment. The radio will keep you updated on the news about the storm and the possible path it may take. Keep in mind that a thunderstorm can morph into an even more dangerous event very quickly. If you’re outside or away from your home, seek shelter as quickly as possible. Pay attention to the conditions, the wind, even the color of the sky. Don’t ignore the warnings. And by all means, do not try to record the tornado or leave shelter before it is finished. In fact, a good rule of thumb from people who have been through these types of phenomenons is to stay put until the loud noises associated with them are long gone.

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