The Meg Lowman Treetops Camp at Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum was featured in the week’s ‘Weather Wisdom’. This camp is for young ladies who take a special interest in science.
Julia Ahrens from group 1 asked, “How do tornadoes form?”
Air masses and wind play a big role in producing tornadoes. You have surface winds along with stronger upper-level winds, this is also known as wind shear. This can create a rotating column of air. You then get a thunderstorm updraft, which helps raise that cell higher into the atmosphere. Keeping a rotating column of air, you start to see it’s formation. A downdraft from a thunderstorm will cool that column of air down to the ground and you get a tornado.