ERIC Number: EJ1117254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Science 101: What Causes Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes?
Science and Children, v54 n2 p64-67 Oct 2016
What causes severe thunderstorms and tornadoes? Tornadoes, often accompanied by severe thunderstorms and hail, form in pretty much the same way as severe thunderstorms. In the continental United States, tornadoes usually form in spring and summer, when warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico moves across the continent from southeast to northwest and cold, dry air from the Arctic moves across the continent from northwest to southeast. The formation of tornadoes is so chaotic that the direction of rotation of the air just follows whatever conditions start the rotation. This article provides activities that demonstrate how this weather phenomenon works.
Descriptors: Etiology, Weather, Science Activities, Natural Disasters, Science Instruction, Geographic Regions, Meteorology
National Science Teachers Association. 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Tel: 800-722-6782; Fax: 703-243-3924; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.nsta.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A