Tornado Alley: A Midwestern Weather Phenomenon Term Paper by SBurtis

Tornado Alley: A Midwestern Weather Phenomenon
A review of the phenomenon of tornadoes and their activity in what is known as Tornado Alley.
# 153665 | 2,548 words | 16 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Aug 22, 2013 in Geology and Geophysics (Meteorology)

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This paper defines tornadoes and describes the optimal weather conditions for their development. The paper looks at the structure and formation of tornadoes and outlines their classification, measurement and forecasting. The paper explores Tornado Alley and three notable and baffling twister outbreaks from the 20th century, and also explains the impact that tornado damage has on the unfortunate victims, both personally and economically.

Structure and Formation
Tornado Alley
Classification, Measurement, and Forecasting
Victims' Impact
Notable Tornado Alley Outbreaks

From the Paper:

"A tornado is a localized and destructive windstorm occurring over land, characterized by a violently rotating column of air extending out of a thunderstorm towards the ground. Tornadoes develop when atmospheric conditions are such that warm moist air from the south rises to meet cool, dry air from the north, creating atmospheric instability and leading to severe thunderstorms accompanied by torrential rains, thunder, lighting, high-speed winds, and hail (Princeton WordNet, nd; Danielson, Levin, & Abrams).
"As wind speed and storm height increase, these storms become capable of producing rising air within the updraft, which tilts the rotating air from a horizontal position into a vertical position, thus creating a tornado. A good indicator of a potential or impending tornado is a rotating wall cloud present alongside the aforementioned conditions. However, this is not always the case. Wall clouds are not always present, nor can they always be seen from every possible angle. In addition, while most tornadoes are preceded by thunderstorms, this is not always true either. There have been rare instances of spontaneous tornadoes appearing without the aid of a preceding thunderstorm, one of which will be discussed later in this paper. Not all thunderstorms produce tornadoes, nor do all tornadoes actually touch the ground (Danielson, Levin, & Abrams)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • April 3, 1974 - The Tornado Super Outbreak. (n.d.). Retrieved from
  • Britt, R.R. (2005, 06 January). The Odds of Dying. Retrieved from
  • Danielson, E. W., Levin, J., & Abrams, E. (2003). Meteorology (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.
  • Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) (n.d.). Historical View of Predicting Tornadoes -- Emergency Medical Services Authority. Retrieved from
  • Enchanted Learning (n.d.). Tornado Alley. Retrieved from

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