Oklahoma experiences a huge number of tornadoes that occur in the United States. As such, Oklahomans are keen to all things tornadoes, especially during the tornado season. But what do we really know about tornadoes? For many people, tornadoes are just those things you see circling from the clouds to the ground. In this article, we’ll look at some very interesting facts about tornadoes, and some of these little known facts will blow your mind! Well, maybe just excite you.
Tornadoes have occurred everywhere on earth!
Tornadoes have been experienced in all 50 states of the United States! Not only that, but tornadoes have
been experienced in all the continents except for Antarctica. So when people tell you that tornadoes only occur in Oklahoma, you can tell them that you know better!
Tornadoes only last for a few minutes!
While it seems like eternity, tornadoes only last a few minutes on average. This can be very hard to believe, especially when you look at the kind of destruction that tornadoes leave behind. The time leading to a tornado touching the ground always feels like hours upon hours. The weatherman warnings and guidance always seems to make the whole event seem like an end all. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing that the news crew constantly keeps us aware and what they do saves lives.
Most dangerous tornadoes occur in summer in Mid-West United States!
While tornadoes can occur all year round and in any region on earth, the most dangerous tornadoes occur in the mid-west of the United States and they occur in summer. This is due to high moisture air during summers coupled by cool, dry air from nearby mountains. The warm, moist air and cool, dry air forms a perfect storm which eventually causes the formation of tornadoes.
Texas has the highest number of tornadoes reported in the entire United States!
While Oklahoma is popularly known as a tornado alley, Texas has the highest number of tornado occurrences in the US. Texas experiences about twice as much tornadoes as Oklahoma on average.
Safest place to be during a tornado is underground
Tornadoes are known to cause a lot of havoc on buildings and claiming lives in their path. It’s important to take adequate cover when this happens. The best way to do it is to get into an underground storm shelter and protect yourself there. If you have a family then it’s extremely important to think of everyone in your family and make sure they are all safe. Here at Preferred Storm Shelters OKC we have installed hundreds and hundreds of shelters and can answer your questions about storm shelters. Just go to our Contact Us page.
Oklahoma City has been hit the most with tornadoes!
Of all the cities in the United States, Oklahoma City has been hit the most with tornadoes. The first recorded tornado to hit Oklahoma City was in 1893, and so far the total count of tornadoes has reached 100! That is pretty big but also speaks to the great community that makes up the city.
The word “Tornado” comes from the Spanish words “Tronada” & “Tornar”
This is really interesting! The spanish words, when translated, mean “thunderstorm” and “to turn” which rightfully describe a tornado.
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