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Severe Weather2 - o Core of whirling vortex less than 1km...

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Severe Weather—2/26/08 Thunderstorms o Warm, moist air absorbs enough heat to be MUCH less dense than surrounding  air o Warm air rises HIGH, condenses into towering clouds, releases heat, rises  higher o Ice crystals form, become too heavy, starts raining o Updrafts and downdrafts form Lightning o Strikes from the ground up, and not from the cloud down o Charge differences build in clouds o Due to super-cooled droplets of water shattering and charges separating o Latent heat released, atmosphere explosively warmed THUNDER Tornadoes o Most violent storms o Winds up to 318mph, move at 62mph o Funnel clouds form from atmosphere, many never touch ground
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Unformatted text preview: o Core of whirling vortex less than 1km wide, HUGE suction o Form from normal thunderstorms o This Year 82 tornadoes touched down 59 people killed Hot wet air in southern Plains, snow in Kansas Supercells broke out Tropical Hurricanes o Generates 200 times global capacity for electricity o Warm water in ocean > 80 degrees o Warm moist air rapidly rises, circular winds from ocean (Coreolis effect) rush in and rise o Air expands, cools, precipitation forms, releases heat, rises even more o Rising air causes chimney, causes winds to descend in high pressure region...
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