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Section 4
Severe Winds and Tornadoes

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm: Florida, Section 4: Severe Winds and Tornadoes.

Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about cyclone circulation, visit the following web site:

    Getting Around the Coriolis Force, Van Domelen, D.J., The Ohio State University
    Reviews the basic physics behind the Coriolis effect, how the Coriolis effect influences the operation of the atmosphere and oceans, and why the Coriolis effect is only relevant on certain (larger) scales.

  2. To learn more about wind shear and airplanes, visit the following web sites:

    Special Report: Delta Air Lines Flight 191, AirDisaster.Com
    Examines the circumstances surrounding the crash of Delta Airlines Flight 191 (L-1011).

    Unaware That They Have Encountered a Microburst, DC-9 Flight Crew Executes Standard Go-around: Aircraft Flies Into Terrain, Flight Safety Foundation
    Examines the circumstances surrounding the crash of a USAir DC-9 in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1994

    Escape Through Time – Wind Shear, NOVA Online
    Briefly reviews the dangers caused by downbursts to airplanes.  Discusses the steps that have been taken to reduce the number of incidents involving microbursts and planes.

  3. Movies about tornadoes include:

    The Wizard Of Oz (1939)  

    Twister (1996)

    Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister (1998)

    Night of the Twisters (1996)

    Tornado! (1996)

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To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

Downbursts and Tornadoes

The Online Tornado FAQ, NOAA
Reviews information related to tornadoes, including: what tornadoes are, how they form, how they move, and how they are defined.  Includes links within the text which open pages with tornado related images.

Severe Weather, NOAA
Explains how tornadoes form using color images. Also disproves several tornado myths, reviews where tornadoes occur, and provides tips on how to stay informed about tornado watches.

U.S. Tornado Climatology, NOAA
Includes data (maps) of tornado occurrences by state, grouped according to tornado size.

Downbursts, NOAA
Explains what causes downbursts, how they differ from tornadoes, and why they can be dangerous for airplanes.

Tornado Safety Tips

Are You Ready? – Tornadoes, FEMA
Explains the difference between a tornado watch and warning, how to recognize tornado dangers, and tips for safety before, during, and after a tornado.

Tornado Safety, NOAA
Reviews the basic steps for tornado safety. Click on links to view tornado and damage images.

Tornado Preparedness Tips for School Administrators, NOAA
Looks specifically at steps schools should take to assure student safety during a tornado, including finding shelter and what to do after the tornado.

Thunderstorm and Camping Safety, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorology
Includes tips on protecting oneself from tornadoes associated with thunderstorms while in the outdoors hiking or camping.

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