Signs of a tornado

Tornado, Wind Shear, Ocean, Clouds

Although tornadoes tend to keep east of the Rocky Mountains, they also have happened in pretty much every state. To put it differently, you might be affected regardless of where you live. This means that tornadoes should be on everybody’s list as something to be ready for.

Animals Flying

I have never been around a real tornado, however, the film Twister definitely prepared me for flying bovine if I ever find myself .

And then, following the picture of the bunny flies off into the sunset, I ask myself,”What do I really know about tornadoes, and how do I know if one is coming?”

Terrific questions, Self.

As tornadoes tend to begin showing up more prevalently in the spring (and spring has only about sprung), allow me to share with you the way you can know if a tornado is on its way for a trip.

Needless to say, the simplest method is to get your TV or radio . Those have a tendency to come just about 13 minutes before the real tornado, and may actually arrive much faster. That being said, not every area is going to be given a broadcast warning, so understanding the signs of an impending tornado is quite important.

Although tornadoes can be enormous and catastrophic, they at least have the decency to give us some warning signals before they formally arrive.

Funnel Cloud

Alright, so this one is among the more obvious ones. Tornadoes have to form somewhere, so in case you find a funnel cloud start to form, this is a really good indication a tornado is on its way. When the weather gets tough, you may want to keep your eye on the skies, just in case.

A dark, occasionally green, sky

green sky

This is another reason it’s a good idea to see the heavens during storms. The sky is not always green, however, so don’t be fooled if the sky is simply very, very dim.

Occasionally the funnel of a tornado won’t be visible. Yet. By detecting a cloud of debris coming (particularly at ground level), that may be a great indication that something much more dangerous is on its way.

A loud roar (like a freight train)

This is particularly helpful when you do not live near a railroad. Tornadoes give off a constant rumble, similar to that of a train.

Don’t be surprised if you find a clear, calm skies in the tornado’s wake.

Debris falling from the skies

If debris begins falling from the sky like rain, odds are you will want to find cover.

Damage

Are you ready for a tornado’s devastation?

If you keep those six things in mind before and during storms, then you should not be caught off guard by a tornado.