Tornado

Tornado

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Caption: Tornado. Meteorologists studying a tornado as it picks up dust from the ground. Tornados are rotating columns of air which form from turbulent cumulonimbus storm clouds. They have an area of extremely low pressure at their centre, and winds around this "eye" can reach speeds of up to 500 kilometres per hour. The tornado's funnel is coloured by the debris it picks up from the ground and water droplets which condense from the air due to the low pressure. A particularly strong tornado may last over an hour and cover many miles in an unpredictable twisting path. Tornados are most common in the great plains of the mid-western states of the USA. This was on May 13th 1989.

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Keywords: climate, extreme, funnel, meteorologist, meteorologists study, meteorology, severe storm, storm, storms, tornado, tornado study, twister, vortex, weather, weather research

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