Summer: We all know it's a season, but what some of us may not realize
is that with it comes the threat of deadly tornadoes. These whirling
dervishes of destruction may seem cute and cuddly at first, but rest
assured: They're no laughing matter. Unlike other types of weather, a
tornado has little regard for local ordinances prohibiting wanton
property damage. Sure, scattered flurries can be bothersome, but when's
the last time a scattered flurry flung your doghouse into a nearby lake
and impaled your great uncle with a gardening implement? That's right:
Never. A scattered flurry has never done that because unlike tornadoes,
scattered flurries aren't gigantic weather assholes.
So what can you do to survive an encounter with one of these godless,
swirling deathtubes? Well, for a start, you can read the rest of this
article for some juicy tornado survival tips.
KNOW 5 THE SIGNS OF TORNADOS
Surprising though it may be, the average Joe Six packs often has
recognizing even the most simple signs of tornadic activity. Many of
these people will continue fishing, hunting, or whooping-it up in
open-sided jeeps even as a funnel cloud
reaches down to finger them.
Don't make the same mistake: Learn the signs! It's the only sure way to
avoid getting unexpectedly tornadoed.
1. Air Pressure
Forgive me, because I'm going to have to get into some pretty
here. It's important to learn the basics of weather before taking-on
twisters. Air pressure is the
first ingredient a tornado needs to be born. Tornados form when there
is air pressure in the sky. The air pressure pushes
the clouds around for a while. When the pressure gets tired and can't
fight gravity any longer, the clouds begin to drop towards the ground.
This is how the funnel (or shaft) of the tornado forms. Then it starts
up the ground and causing an all-around ruckus.
2. Bright Lights
Those who have been hit by a tornado often describe seeing
some bright lights, followed by a period of weightlessness, followed by
a period in which they seem to weigh several more pounds than
usual, followed by some more bright lights along with various smells.
carefully for this.
3. Low Wind-Sheer
You might be thinking, "Hey, well how am I supposed to determine
something like wind-sheer without the assistance of complex science
machines. The answer to this is: You can't, so don't even bother.
4. The Funnel Cloud
Yep, you guessed it. A tornado cannot take place without a funnel cloud
in which it can channel it's destructing powers of death. Without a
funnel cloud all you've got is a simple low-rank cyclocane (or
"thunderbunch" as they used to call them in the old days). If you're
wondering exactly how funnel clouds form, you're not alone. I certainly
have no idea. Probably nobody does. Maybe try asking a weather
scientist or something, I don't know.
5. Warm Fronts
Did you ever notice that just before a tornado hits, you feel a
blast of cool, dry air in your face? If so: That's pretty interesting,
because that isn't what happens. It's pretty obviously you were lying
so you'd seem smart. I honestly don't know why you'd do that. Pretty
strange thing to lie about...
KNOW THE TYPES OF TORNADOS
The national weather service ranks all tornadoes on bell curve
to their destructive capabilities. This scale goes anywhere from T0 to
T5. Here's each level in detail.
T0: 1+MPH Knocks over paper cups.
T1: 100+ MPH Tears-off sexy nurse costumes and cause
bowler hats to go skittering off down the street.
T2: 200+ MPH Smashes-up lean-tos and sheds with
T3: 205+ MPH Grown men are sliced in half with
sheets of paper.
T4: 334+ MPH Human skeletons stagger
around stripped of skin and muscle.
T5: 2,400+ MPH Hurls skyscrapers
and mountains into space.
4 COMMON TORNADO MYTHS DEBUNKED
Thanks to the internet and kooky Hollywood films, untrue advice about
tornado survival is nearly as common as good advice. Don't
believe everything you read folks, here are four scarily common myths
about tornado survival and the truth behind them.
Myth #1: Get Out of The Car and Into The Ditch
This advice is outdated, to say the least. Older
cars did not have safety features like crumble zones, antilock-breaks,
reinforced I beams, power steering, spring suspension, and V6
engines like modern cars do. This means that the days of
sliding into a ditch whilst fleeing a tornado are over! With these
features your car will be able to perform better in a rain storm and
outrun most tornadoes easily. Also do not forget that tornadoes bring
lightning. Cars have rubber tires. Any questions class?
Getting out of your car during a a lightning storm is a one way ticket
to deathtown. Population: You (and everyone else who ever died, I
Myth #2: Take stairs instead of elevators during a tornado
Consider this: Elevators are designed by science to help their
survive an over 10,000 story fall. Why exactly are you
getting OUT of the elevator during a tornado? Duh, take a clue pill,
If you took a moment to question what you've been
told instead of behaving like a sheep, you'd stay-put in one of these
movable bunkers of security. I've
hear tell of entire building crumbling to dust leaving only the
elevator (and its occupants) to tell the tale.
Myth #4 Trailer Homes are Death Traps
This is complete nonsense and probably stems from the liberal media's
bias against the non-rich. A trailer house (or properly secured) can
be one of the safest and cheapest ways to ride out a tornado. And while
it's true that Tornados have been known to scoop-up trailers
and toss them onto a train
track, at passing barges, or into some ravine (hurting or
injuring many of the occupants and smashing all their commemorative
plates), this is fairly uncommon. Many of my relatives and lovers have
resided in a trailer castle (as I
affectionately call them) and as far as I know, none of them have never
had any problems dying due to tornadoes.
Welp, that's all I've got on tornadoes. I sure as heck hope you've have
enjoyed learning about
tornado safety with me. Be careful out there, friends.