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This book introduces the most violent storms on Earth. Readers will learn where tornadoes are most common, such as Tornado Alley, when they are most likely to occur, and why. Chapters highlight how storms form, the effects of air pressure, temperature, and moisture differences, wind shear, storm rotation and the formation of a mesocyclone, funnel clouds, and how spinning air reaches from cloud to ground to form a tornado. Other sections cover the dangers of multiple tornadoes from tornado families or tornado outbreaks, the variety of possible tornado sizes and shapes, storm chasers, and how to stay safe during a tornado. Why scientists study tornado damage paths, how they measure tornado strength using the Enhanced Fujita Scale, included in a sidebar, and what they look for on Doppler radar to help predict tornado formation are also discussed. Clear, helpful diagrams, full-color photographs, bold glossary words, and an index support this easy-to-read, engaging text.

Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF037080, JNF051100, JNF051120
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Science & Technology
Copyright 2008
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint Checkerboard Library
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Season 2008-01-01
ISBN 9781599289465, 9781617851476
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Dewey 551.55
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 8 x 8
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 5.2
ATOS Interest Level LG
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 119145
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Detailed maps, Glossary of key words, Index, Informative sidebars, and Table of contents

Author: Kris Hirschmann