Do Meteorologists Know When a Tornado is Coming?
Meteorologists are fairly successful at determining weather patterns such as hurricanes, supercell storms, cold fronts, warm fronts, and other weather conditions. It is the tornado, however, that tends to baffle and confound most weathermen and women. Tornadoes can happen in a matter of minutes and without much warning.
First, know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable and that a tornado can form because of those conditions. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been witnessed or one has shown up on radar. When weather begins producing storms, it is always best to be on the lookout.
Listen to local weather reports so that you are not caught off-guard.
Once you know you are under a tornado warning, seek safety immediately in your storm shelter, or in the lowest, most inner parts of your home, school, or workplace. Often times, hail will precede a tornado, and when close, sounds much like a freight train. Many tornado survivors have stated that the loudness is followed by an eerie silence, and the sudden drop in air pressure can make you feel like you have gone deaf.
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