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Tornado Image Gallery: Teaching Tornados through Images

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You can use the tornado images in this gallery and suggested classroom activities to teach students of all grades about tornadoes. This collection of images was gathered from NCAR, NOAA, and NASA.

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Tornado Image Gallery: Teaching Tornados through Images

  1. 1. Tornado Image Gallery (and classroom activities) Credit: UCAR Digital Image Library
  2. 2. Teacher Notes: These tornado images can be incorporated in the classroom in multiple ways different ways: Consider having students: - Write down adjectives for each image - Compare and contrast different images - Sort through the images and group them based on size, shape, appearance, formation stage, estimate of Enhanced Fujita Scale, etc. (For more of a challenge, give students the images and let the them determine their own criteria for categorizing images). Possible extension: There are a three tornado formation sequences in this collection of images that can be used to enhance student learning: - Give an entire tornado formation sequence to students and have them identify the order of how the tornado formed. - Have students write down adjectives for each image and then compare/contrast adjectives as the tornado formed First edition of the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz”
  3. 3. Credit: UCAR Digital Image Library
  4. 4. Credit: National Weather Service
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  10. 10. Credit: NOAA
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  13. 13. Credit: UCAR Digital Image Library
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Editor's Notes

  • Document Title: Tornado (DI02721), Photograph by Greg Thompson, UCAR Digital Image Library
  • National Weather Service Reminds Region of Fall Tornado Season

    http://news.wsiu.org/post/national-weather-service-reminds-region-fall-tornado-season
  • Document Title: A tornado forms over a sleepy town (DI02780), UCAR Digital Image Library

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?add&itemid=4491&catalog=catalog&site=imagelibrary&template=collection.np&sorton=
  • Stove-pipe (F0-F3)
    Stovepipe: This tornado looks like a tube reaching from cloud to ground. It is straight up and down like a pipe or tipped to the side and narrow, but it may widen and become a wedge.
  • Document Title: A tornado forms during the Vortex2 field project (DI02772) , UCAR Digital Image Library

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=4474&site=imagelibrary
  • Document Title: A tornado forms (DI02704), Photograph by Greg Thompson, UCAR Digital Image Library

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=4247&site=imagelibrary
  • Document Title: Wyoming tornado, June 5, 2009 (DI01986)
    Description: This image shows a tornado from a vantage point along Wyoming SH 151 in Goshen County, several miles east of La Grange. It was observed on June 5, 2009 during VORTEX2, the second field phase of the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment. VORTEX2 is designed to improve our understanding of tornado formation, which ultimately will better allow us to assess the likelihood of tornadoes in supercell thunderstorms and possibly tornado intensity, longevity, and cyclic behavior. 
Creditline: copyright University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
    UCAR Digital Image Library
    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=2788&site=imagelibrary
  • Dissipating rope tornado, taken from SE 20th street, just off
Bluestem Rd. (no more than .1-.2 miles east of Bluestem Rd.). Picture by Matthew Kumjian, NOAA

    http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ict/scripts/viewstory.php?STORY_NUMBER=2009061622
  • http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap030722.html, NASA

    Explanation: Large storms on Earth can spawn unusual, small, violent clouds known as tornadoes. Tornado clouds swirl as fast as hundreds of kilometers per hour and, when they touch down, can destroy nearly everything in their long, narrow path. Many tornadoes last only a few minutes, but the largest and most dangerous can endure for hours. The above image, although somewhat unfocussed, appears to show a dropping funnel cloud interacting with a light pole. If so, and this interpretation is controversial, this photograph would be one of the few indicating a clear distance to the funnel cloud. The pictured tornado occurred in 1981 in Dallas, Texas, USA. Tornadoes occur all over Earth but are most commonly found over parts of central North America during spring. Much about tornadoes remains under study, including predicting when they will occur.
  • Rope tornado, NOAA
    http://www.noaa.gov/features/protecting/tornados101.html
  • Document Title: Wyoming tornado, June 5, 2009 (DI01987), UCAR Digital Image Library
  • Photo by Linda Lusk, UCAR Digital Image Library

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=1375&site=imagelibrary
  • Photo by Linda Lusk, UCAR Digital Image Library

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=1374&site=imagelibrary
  • Rope tornado: Tornadoes often assume a ropy, sinuous shape in their final minutes; but they can remain narrow like this during their entire life cycles. Although "rope" tornadoes may look weaker than much larger ones, some get more intense as they narrow and tighten (the ice skater effect), With tornadoes, size does not necessarily indicate strength.


    http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/?n=torntext
  • Wedge: These tornadoes are typically strong and, because they are wide, they can cause tremendous damage on the ground when they touch down.
  • Photo by Linda Lusk, UCAR Digital Image Library

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=1373&site=imagelibrary
  • Photo by Linda Lusk, UCAR Digital Image Library

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=1372&site=imagelibrary
  • Document Title: Photo by Linda Lusk, UCAR Digital Image Library

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=1371&site=imagelibrary
  • Limon Tornado Series: 1 of 4

    Document Title: Weather conditions preceding the Limon tornado, 6 June 1990, a time sequence (DI00549) Photo by Eugene McCaul 
Description: A supercell thunderstorm that crossed eastern Colorado on the evening of 6 June 1990 produced several tornadoes, one of which devastated the town of Limon. This image shows the tornado in Limon at 2012 Mountain Daylight Time. An earlier tornado from the same storm helped trigger warnings that gave Limon residents adequate time to seek shelter. Often visible as a funnel-shaped cloud, tornadoes can develop with little or no warning. Doppler radar and other advanced technology now give advance warning of many tornadoes. (Full sequence: DI00523-DI00553) 
Creditline: copyright University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Photo by Eugene McCaul

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=1365&site=imagelibrary
  • Limon Tornado Series: 2 of 4

    Document Title: Weather conditions preceding the Limon tornado, 6 June 1990, a time sequence (DI00550) Photo by Eugene McCaul 
Description: A supercell thunderstorm that crossed eastern Colorado on the evening of 6 June 1990 produced several tornadoes, one of which devastated the town of Limon. This image shows the tornado in Limon at 2013 Mountain Daylight Time. An earlier tornado from the same storm helped trigger warnings that gave Limon residents adequate time to seek shelter. Often visible as a funnel-shaped cloud, tornadoes can develop with little or no warning. Doppler radar and other advanced technology now give advance warning of many tornadoes. (Full sequence: DI00523-DI00553)

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&site=imagelibrary&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=1366
  • Limon Tornado Series: 3 of 4

    Document Title: Weather conditions preceding the Limon tornado, 6 June 1990, a time sequence (DI00551) Photo by Eugene McCaul 
Description: A supercell thunderstorm that crossed eastern Colorado on the evening of 6 June 1990 produced several tornadoes, one of which devastated the town of Limon. This image shows the tornado in Limon at 2014 Mountain Daylight Time. An earlier tornado from the same storm helped trigger warnings that gave Limon residents adequate time to seek shelter. Often visible as a funnel-shaped cloud, tornadoes can develop with little or no warning. Doppler radar and other advanced technology now give advance warning of many tornadoes. (Full sequence: DI00523-DI00553) 
Creditline: copyright University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Photo by Eugene McCaul

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=1367&site=imagelibrary
  • Limon Tornado Series: 4 of 4

    Document Title: Weather conditions preceding the Limon tornado, 6 June 1990, a time sequence (DI00553) Photo by Eugene McCaul 
Description: A supercell thunderstorm that crossed eastern Colorado on the evening of 6 June 1990 produced several tornadoes, one of which devastated the town of Limon. This image shows the tornado in Limon at 2016 Mountain Daylight Time. An earlier tornado from the same storm helped trigger warnings that gave Limon residents adequate time to seek shelter. Often visible as a funnel-shaped cloud, tornadoes can develop with little or no warning. Doppler radar and other advanced technology now give advance warning of many tornadoes. (Full sequence: DI00523-DI00553) 
Creditline: copyright University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Photo by Eugene McCaul

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=1369&site=imagelibrary
  • Series: 1 of 4

    Document Title: Weather conditions preceding the Limon tornado, 6 June 1990, a time sequence (DI00541) Photo by Eugene McCaul

    Wedge: These tornadoes are typically strong and, because they are wide, they can cause tremendous damage on the ground when they touch down.

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=1356&site=imagelibrary
  • Series 2 of 4

    Document Title: Weather conditions preceding the Limon tornado, 6 June 1990, a time sequence (DI00543) Photo by Eugene McCaul

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=1358&site=imagelibrary
  • Series 3 of 4

    Document Title: Weather conditions preceding the Limon tornado, 6 June 1990, a time sequence (DI00545) Photo by Eugene McCaul

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=1360&site=imagelibrary
  • Series 4 of 4

    Document Title: Weather conditions preceding the Limon tornado, 6 June 1990, a time sequence (DI00547) Photo by Eugene McCaul

    http://www.fin.ucar.edu/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&template=detail.np&field=itemid&op=matches&value=1362&site=imagelibrary
  • Lamar, Colorado Series: 1 of 5

    Document Title: Tornado (DI02721), Photograph by Greg Thompson, UCAR Digital Image Library
  • Lamar, Colorado Series: 2 of 5

    Document Title: Tornado (DI02724), Photograph by Greg Thompson, UCAR Digital Image Library
  • Lamar, Colorado Series: 3 of 5

    Document Title: Tornado (DI02722), Photograph by Greg Thompson, UCAR Digital Image Library
  • Lamar, Colorado Series: 4 of 5

    Document Title: Tornado (DI02723), Photograph by Greg Thompson, UCAR Digital Image Library
  • Lamar, Colorado Series: 5 of 5

    Document Title: Tornado (DI02725), Photograph by Greg Thompson, UCAR Digital Image Library
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