Inside the Tornado | National Geographic | Summary and Q&A

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February 20, 2008
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Inside the Tornado | National Geographic

TL;DR

Stormchasers use high-tech probes to gather data on tornadoes, revealing surprising insights about their formation and strength.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How do stormchasers collect data on tornadoes?

Stormchasers like Tim Samaris use specialized probes packed with instruments that measure various atmospheric conditions such as barometric pressure, wind speed, and temperature.

Q: Have the probes been successful in recording footage from inside a tornado?

No, the probes have not been able to capture footage from inside a tornado. However, they have provided valuable insights into tornado formation and the drop in barometric pressure that helps tornadoes maintain their strength.

Q: Why do tornadoes generally form under specific conditions?

Tornadoes usually form when warm, humid air from the south collides with cooler, dry air from the north. The exact triggers for tornado formation in these conditions are still not fully understood by scientists.

Q: How many tornadoes touch down in the United States each year?

Over 1,000 tornadoes touch down in the United States annually, with a majority occurring in a region known as Tornado Alley in the central part of the country.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Electronics engineer Tim Samaris and his team of stormchasers travel to tornado-prone areas to collect data using specialized probes.

  • The probes, equipped with instruments and cameras, provide valuable information on barometric pressure, wind speed, and tornado formation.

  • Despite their efforts, the team has been unable to record footage from inside a tornado, but they have discovered that tornadoes maintain their strength due to a drop in barometric pressure.

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