- Strong, persistent rotation in a cloud base. (A cloud base looks like a rotating cylinder of clouds that descends below a storm.)
- Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base – tornadoes sometimes have no funnel.
- Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
- Day or night – Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder.
- Night – Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
- Night – persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning – especially if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.
growing up we never heard of tornados in our area (southwestern PA) Freedom ,PA … but in the last 50 some yrs there have been at least 2 reported touch downs that have done quit a bit of damage and in maybe the last 10 yrs more and more small touch downs are being reported
While living in GA, we have many tornado watches, I have not seen any here for the 10 years I have lived here. While in NY on Long Island, I can remember way back in the 60s when we had a terrible tornado. Everything was destroyed on our block that was not nailed down. We have food and water and hallway that we designated as our safe area.
I live in middle Georgia, we never get tornadoes. However, I always pay attention to warnings.
We are not very prone to getting tornados but we do have a plan if need be.
I live in New York state. I do know there have been tornadoes but I have never been in one. I did fair on your quiz but learned some too so now I will be more ready and aware.
Alabama gets it’s fair share of tornadoes. I think we had 7 EF0’s hit last week without warning. Scary!! My husband is stationed in OKC, which is ground zero, it seems, for tornadoes. He’s from NYC, so this is completely new to him.
I live in central Ohio and we have tornado warnings fairly frequently. I think we’re relatively well prepared. We monitor bad weather and have emergency supplies in our basement.
Thanks for the info! Really helps a lot in preparation!
I live in SC and we get a good many of them each year, especially spawning off hurricanes that hit our coastline or hitting those in our neighboring states.
I live in the midwest Missouri.You must be prepared because this is Tornado alley!
This information is so good to know. I live in Virginia were we don’t have that many Tornados. I will now be ready if one hits our area.
I live in Georgia, so we are at a small risk.
We try to keep food and water available during hurricane season, didn’t realize tornadoes were possible during one
We don’t see many tornadoes in PA but the last time we did, we prepared by ensuring our first aid kit was fully stocked and stocking up on food and water.
We live in missouri we had a tornado in our town everyone needs to be prepared.