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May 5, 2011

How a Tornado is Formed and Measured -- Anatomy of a Tornado

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Sadly, 2011 is shaping up as the year of the tornado in the U.S. While every tornado is not precisely the same, they all have characteristics in common. The BBC has created a must-see graphic depicting how these most violent storms form.

Tornado winds are difficult to measure since they whip around very fast. The Fujita damage scale is used to estimate speed, from a base of F0 to incredible damage at F5:

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anatomytorn.jpgFor further reading on the subject, Anatomy of a Tornado by Terri (Terri Sievert) Dougherty provides an inside look at how tornadoes form, the devastation they cause, and the cutting-edge technology forecasters are using to help keep us safe.

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