Weather Tidbits: Tornado
This Weather Tidbits focuses on tornadoes & its life cycle. A tornado is a violent vortex of air stretching from a cumulonimbus cloud to the ground. The life cycle of a tornado goes through 5 phases, starting with a funnel cloud, which is a column of air stretching from the cumulonimbus but has yet to touch the ground. It officially becomes a tornado, once the funnel touches down on the ground, and will mature when it reaches its greatest width and vertical tilt. The tornado will begin to shrink after maturity, by narrowing and having a smaller path of damage. The final phase will be the decaying stage or the rope stage, where the funnel will become like a thin rope becoming contorted and eventually dissipating as the funnel lifts back into the cloud.