The tornado : nature's ultimate windstorm by Thomas P. Grazulis

By Thomas P. Grazulis

Tornadoes ensue in each nation within the Union, and every quarter of the kingdom has its distinct "tornado season." the main extreme tornadoes can hold cars a half-mile and point a good outfitted domestic. a few tornadoes have crossed mountains, possible unimpeded. a few have lasted greater than an hour, scouring the earth with wind speeds of 250 miles in step with hour. Nor are tornadoes certain to the us. In Bangladesh, for instance, they've got killed one thousand humans in one swath.

Filled with dramatic debts of twister touchdowns, this publication addresses the whirlwind of questions surrounding the phenomenon of the twister. How usually does a twister hit a specific place? how briskly are the winds? Do tornadoes rather hunt down trailer parks? Can they really defeather a chook? what number tornadoes hit the us each year? How titanic can tornadoes develop?

Thomas P. Grazulis, a twister study meteorologist and founding father of the twister undertaking, has been a specialist for tv specials, together with Cyclone (National Geographic), Target Tornado (The climate Channel), Forces of Nature (CBS), and others, aiding offer solutions to those questions for most of the people. right here he units the checklist instantly approximately twister chance, the Fujita Scale, and the variety of tornadoes happening each year. He additionally sheds mild on misconceptions and contradictory theories approximately tornadoes.

Recreating the brilliant drama so frequently accompanying interactions among humans and tornadoes, The twister: Nature's final Windstorm offers certain meteorological and statistical details on those marvels of nature, one of the such a lot interesting medical puzzles on the earth.

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One rumor in the national press was that the missing baby was carried for 17 miles, but I could not locate its source in local newspapers. The supposed 10-mile flight of a baby took place during the March 21, 1932, tornado outbreak in Alabama. A week after the outbreak, national newspapers, including the respected Atlanta Constitution, carried the story of twenty-two-month-old Jewel Butler. She was supposedlyfound in a field on the day of the outbreak and taken by the farm owners into their home.

They did not. A widely accepted alternative theory in the nineteenth century was that opposing electric charges during the tornado's passage stripped feathers from chickens and tore the clothes from people. Although static electricity is undoubtedly present in a debris-filled funnel, this makes no scientific sense whatever. There is no mechanism that would produce powerful opposing charges on the bird and on the feather at the same time. " Chickens are not stripped clean but lose a large percentage of their feathers under stress.

That baby was not found after two weeks of searching. One rumor in the national press was that the missing baby was carried for 17 miles, but I could not locate its source in local newspapers. The supposed 10-mile flight of a baby took place during the March 21, 1932, tornado outbreak in Alabama. A week after the outbreak, national newspapers, including the respected Atlanta Constitution, carried the story of twenty-two-month-old Jewel Butler. She was supposedlyfound in a field on the day of the outbreak and taken by the farm owners into their home.

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