How tornadoes form and why they “prefer” the US

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Every summer, tornadoes rage in the United States. Given the warm climate and its building codes, the elements do serious damage to the Americans.

In Russia, this formidable natural phenomenon is extremely rare, although by its Russian name – tornado – it is clear that it is not at all alien (the word has an old Russian etymology).

Why the tornado is “chosen” by the West, it becomes clear if you look at their reasons. Deadly vortices always twist in places where air masses collide at different temperatures. In this case, a rarefaction zone is formed that draws in warm, moist air, the steam condenses from it, generating additional heat, and the process acquires an avalanche-like character – a funnel forms with the transfer of an infinite amount of energy into mechanical energy.

The best conditions for the formation of tornadoes have developed in the central states of the United States – in the so-called “tornado alley.” On the plain between the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachian Ridge, warm and humid air masses from the Gulf of Mexico collide with cold and dry from the Hudson.

In Russia, tornadoes most often form also in the region of significant temperature differences – on the coast of the Black and Azov Seas. However, thanks to global warming, they became more frequent in the middle zone, although they still remain out of the ordinary.


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