Demystified: How Do Tornadoes Form?



What conditions are necessary for tornadoes to form?

Tornados are born from a variety of conditions, but all share a common origin in supercell thunderstorms. Supercells contain the most-important ingredient in the making of a tornado: a spinning column of air at its center, called a vortex. As a supercell grows in size, the vortex in the middle will begin to tilt, siphoning warm air and moisture upward and spewing out cold dry air toward the ground…

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