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Tornado Watch Vs. Warning and Vortices


The difference in a tornado watch and warning. Pictures to discuss of different types of vortices.

The difference in a tornado watch and warning. Pictures to discuss of different types of vortices.

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  • Island in the south pacific off the coast of south america…clouds are hitting the highest point of the island and then swirling. Near Guadalupe
  • MARS!


  • 1. Science August 31
    • Grab an AMSTI book
    • Label page 11: Daily Starters Aug 31-Sept 4
    • Label page 12: Grade Sheet
    • Complete the following Daily Starter on PAGE 11! Page 11! PAGE 11!
    • What is the difference in a tornado watch and a tornado warning?
    • Use page 17 in the AMSTI book for help.
  • 2. Tornado Watch….(red box)
    • is issued when weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing tornadoes.
    • A tornado watch therefore implies that it is also a severe thunderstorm watch.
    • Example of NWS tornado watch:
    • http://
  • 3. Tornado Warning….
    • is issued when a tornado or funnel cloud has been spotted
    • sometimes if there is a rotating wall cloud
    • even issued if radar indicates a tornado is imminent
  • 4. Wall Cloud….where strong tornadoes form
  • 5.  
  • 6.  
  • 7. Tornado Watch
  • 8. Tornado Warning
  • 9.  
  • 10.  
  • 11. Label:
    • Page 13: Inquiry 2.1 Lab Report
    • Page 14: What is a Vortex? What is the Coriolis Effect?
  • 12. What is a Vortex?
    • On page 14 write the word VORTEX and put a star next to it. (hint, hint)
    • Let’s come up with a class definition of this word.
  • 13. Vortex in clouds
  • 14. Karman Vortices
  • 15.  
  • 16. Vortex in a hurricane
  • 17.  
  • 18. Dust Devil
  • 19. Vortex in a waterspout
  • 20. Vortex in a tornado
    • Small Vortex
    • Large Vortex
  • 21. Vortex in the air
  • 22. Guess where this is?
  • 23. Multiple Vortexes = VORITCES
  • 24.  
  • 25.  
  • 26. Dolphins Create a Vortex
    • Read pages 18-19
  • 28. Coriolis Effect
    • Pressure differences tend to push winds in straight paths.
    • As air begins flowing from high to low pressure, the Earth rotates under it, making the wind follow a curved path.
    • In the Northern Hemisphere, the wind turns to the right of its direction of motion. In the Southern Hemisphere, it turns to the left.
    • The Coriolis force is zero at the equator. This explains why the weather is relatively calm at the equator!
  • 29.
    • A hockey puck is launched from the north pole. As it heads south, the earth turns to the east, causing the puck to appear to deflect to the west as viewed by an earthbound observer.