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Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Tornadoes

Updated Thursday, 19th March 2020

Simulate a tornado by watching this short instructional video and understand how this violent whirldwind forms.

Tornadoes are violent whirlwinds which form below a cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud. The most extreme can have windspeeds approaching 500 kilometres per hour, and result in extreme damage along their path. Tornadoes have been seen on every continent on Earth except Antarctica; although you may associate some of the most violent examples with North America, they are surprisingly common in the UK as well.

This video demonstrates the power of a tornado and how the weight, shape and size of different particles changes the tornado's conduct. 

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