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Tornadoes - What and Why?

 
Geography Starter

Starter

 

MYP Aims and Objectives

  • Knowledge: to gain knowledge what tornadoes are and where they occur
  • Skills: the interpretation of maps and graphs
 

Task One

Watch the following video clip. What conditions are necessary for the formation of a tornado?
 
 
Geography Activities

Activities

 

Tornado Formation Stage 1

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The Guardian
  Animated guide: Tornadoes
 
A visible cone or funnel drops out of the cloud.
When the warm, moist air meets cold dry air, it explodes upwards, puncturing the layer above. A thunder cloud may begin to build.
A tornado can last from several seconds to more than an hour and may travel tens of kilometres.
Intense or unseasonable heat.
A storm quickly develops - there may be rain, thunder and lightening.
The Fujita damage scale is used to estimate the wind speed from the damage caused.
Upwards movement of air becomes very rapid. Winds from different directions cause it to rotate.
The vortex of wind reaches the ground. They vary in size and shape and can be hundreds of metres wide.
As the ground temperature increases, moist air heats and starts to rise.
 

Task Two

 
Cut out the nine images that represent the different stages of tornado development. Glue them into your exercise book in the correct order leaving enough space to write the correct statement from above by the image.
 
 

Task Three

Cut out the following two maps out from the resource sheet, stick them into your exercise book and then answer these questions:

  1. List 8 countries that have an increased likelihood of experiencing tornadoes
  2. Describe the global distribution of areas with an increased likelihood of experiencing tornadoes
  3. Describe the distribution of tornado activity in the USA
 
Regions of the world with increased likelihood of experiencing tornadoes
 
A map of the frequency of F3 and greater intensity tornadoes by area. The darker colours highlight the area typically known as Tornado Alley.
 

Task Four

Cut out the following map out from the resource sheet, stick it into your exercise book and then answer these questions:

  1. Describe the link between tornadoes and agricultural areas.
  2. What problems do you think may be caused by the link between tornadoes and agricultural areas.
 
World Tornadoes and Agricultural Areas
 

Task Five

Cut out the following graph out from the resource sheet, stick it into your exercise book and then answer these questions, in full sentences:

  1. In which year was there the greatest number of tornado deaths? How many deaths were there that year?
  2. In which year was there the lowest number of tornado deaths? How many deaths were there that year?
  3. Are the number of deaths caused by tornadoes increasing or decreasing? Explain why you think that is.
 
US Tornado Deaths 1950 - 2008
 
Geography Review

Review

 
Tornado Safety
 

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