Project: Tornado 2013

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Welcome to “Project: Tornado!” Each year, our weather team travels to at least one school each day for an entire month. The goal to get as many people prepared for severe weather as possible. June is prime-time for severe weather and tornadoes in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. “Project: Tornado” allows us to get the right information to students in dozens of schools.

We know the information isn’t just important to youngsters, everyone needs to have a plan…I kind of think of it as a “Tornado Survival Guide.” For that reason, you’ll find all of the information here in this e-book! Just read each page and click the “Next Page” button.

We just don’t know when the next large tornado will touch down. Maybe 2013 is the year. Will you be ready for it? 

Eric Sorensen
Chief Meteorologist

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Welcome to “Project: Tornado!” Each year, Meteorologists from WREX-TV travel to at least one school each day with the goal to get as many people prepared for severe weather as possible. June is prime-time for severe weather in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin and “Project: Tornado” allows us to get the right information to students in dozens of schools.

Here you will find all of the information that is handed out to every student who completes our course, complete with the puzzles and word-searches at the end.


It is important everyone understands the content here…I kind of think of it as a “Tornado Survival Guide.” We just don’t know when the next large tornado will touch down. Maybe 2013 is the year, or we’ll get lucky one more time. Still, it is our commitment to keep our residents safe and we hope you are better off after you click through our online edition.

Thank you!

Eric Sorensen
Chief Meteorologist
WREX-TV
A TORNADO is a violently rotating column of air in contact with the ground, almost always occurring during severe thunderstorms.

TORNADOES are the most destructive of all atmospheric phenomena and occur on all continents, but are the most common in Australia and North America.

In ILLINOIS and WISCONSIN, tornadoes occur most frequently in June and July between 4 and 8pm.

Most TORNADOES are small in size, but some can be as large as one-mile wide! Tornadoes usually travel less than 15 miles. Winds have been recorded up to 300mph!

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1. Warm air rises through the storm system and hits cooler air within the jet stream.

2. Warm air twists, and as speed increases, more warm air is drawn up through the low pressure area in the vortex.

3. As the vortex gets stronger, the funnel begins to drop to the ground.

 

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This post was written by qni_it on April 23, 2013

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