Extreme Weather (EXPERIENCE) by John Farndon

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M, 613 people were dead. Yet it was still not finished. 6–1 km) wide across three states, earning it the name Tri-State Twister. The general path of the storm is shown by the long black lines on the map. Tossed aside like a tent, this solidly built farmhouse was ripped from its foundations and blown into a clump of trees. destroying half the town. m the vortex vanished back into the cloud and the monster was gone. For those who survived, it had been a terrible experience. Afterward, one Gorham schoolgirl described it like this: “Then the air was filled with 10,000 things.

Boards, poles, cans, garments, stoves, whole sides of the little frame houses—in some cases the houses themselves—were picked up and smashed to earth. And living beings, too. A baby was blown from its mother’s arms. ” This solid brick school in Murphysboro, Illinois, was one of many schools destroyed by the tornado, which killed more children than any other tornado in history. 31 THE FOGGIEST PLACE For more than 120 days each year, the sea off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada is shrouded in fog .

The change in the air tells people that the long dry season is coming to an end—the monsoon is on its way. In late May, high above India, the skies are still clear, and the weather is baking hot and dry. But things are changing. The warm air over the hot land is rising strongly. A soft breeze is drawn in behind it off the cool sea along the Malabar coast in the southwest. MONSOON For the people of India, the year is divided into two seasons—one dry and one wet. The weather pattern is called monsoon , from mausim, the Arabic word for season.

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