These sites contain basic information about tornadoes with illustrations, photographs, and many dramatic videos. Also includes safety procedures to follow during tornado watches and warnings. See U.S. maps that locate high-risk tornado areas and browse through tables of statistics. Try the hands-on activities. Includes a link to eThemes resources on natural disasters relief efforts.
Here are some questions and answers about tornadoes.
Make Your Own Tornado Simulator
This page from the Tornado Project site gives instructions on making a vortex in your kitchen or lab.
Top Ten Tornadoes
A chart of the states with the most destructive tornadoes. Also tells which states have had the most deaths caused by tornadoes.
Tornado Project Online
The "Tornado Safety" link at the bottom has lots of tips on how to survive a tornado. "Storm Shelters" on the left has a picture of storm shelters and two detailed maps of risk areas for tornadoes in the U.S. You can also read about tornadoes in the past and recently.
The Online Tornado FAQ
Information about tornado formation, safety, history, and damage. This site has lots of information. Click on the links in the text for pictures and tables.
Tornado Safety Guide
Learn what to do before, during, and after a tornado. Click on the appropriate link in the middle of the page under the heading, "Tornado Safety." NOTE: The site includes ads.
Watch, Warning and Advisory Map
This up-to-the minute map shows where storms are currently located in the U.S.
Tornado Statistics for Every State
View the ranking for each state in terms of the number of tornadoes it has. Pick a state from the drop menu and then see a chart about that state. Use the statistics to create graphs. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Protecting Yourself From the Mighty Twister
Learn the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. Click on "More" to see pictures of homes and mobile homes after a tornado has hit.
Watch several different video clips of tornadoes. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Tornado Alley Photographs
Photographs of many different tornadoes. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge them. Includes diagrams of storm fronts. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Watch animated movie and find out how tornadoes form. Learn new terms such as supercells, mesocyclone, updraft and downdraft, and Fujita scale. Includes a quiz and an experiment. NOTE: The web site is available by subscription only.
Web Weather for Kids
This page has instructions for two hands-on activities for making tornadoes.
How Stuff Works
Read this simple explanation that compares a tornado to a bathtub draining to explain how a tornado works. Click on "Next Page" at the bottom for more information. NOTE: The site includes ads.
eThemes Resource: Natural Disasters: Relief Efforts
A collection of sites describing natural disasters and the various relief efforts. Includes maps, graphics, and a video. Includes a link to eThemes resources on specific disasters are referenced.
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