Spring is here; what is the temperature inside a tornado?

First, in what month are you estimating the temperature inside a tornado? November/December? (Easy enough, likely). But what about April/May? Or July/August? When we're in the thick of hot weather, what do you suppose is the temperature inside a tornado? Hint: you just may be surprised to learn about the typical temperature inside a tornado.

Think mountain climbing

When thinking of climbing to the top of, say, Mount Everest, what comes to mind? Likely the frigid cold and lack of oxygen. According information provided by Concordia University in Montreal, in the Journal of Aircraft of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, mechanical engineering professor Georgios Vatistas looked at the violent 1955 tornado in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. His findings may be surprising.

In the case of Scottsbluff, Vatistas and his team found that the temperature inside the tornado would have dropped from a comfortably warm background temperature of 80o F (soon here in Dallas and Southern Oklahoma) to a chilly 54o F (about what it's like here today in Dallas with the cold rain). And at the tornado's center, the researchers estimated the air density would have been 20 per cent lower than what's found at high altitudes. (That would make it extremely difficult to breathe, if you even could. It's referred to as the "death zone," meaning that for survival, mountain climbing would require breathing assistance gear).

And it's just why Scottsbluff reporters felt deprived of oxygen. (Thankfully, the tornado passed quickly, and they avoided asphyxiation).

According to Vatistas, "It's my hope that this important finding will help researchers better understand the many mysterious manifestations associated with violent atmospheric vortices like tornados and waterspouts.”

How to stay safe during a tornado

And also why it's important to seek shelter from severe weather such as tornadoes. Not only can a tornado wreak property damage, but it's yet another reason to stay safe inside your severe weather shelter. But do do that, you first need to have your safe room! Contact American Tornado Master to learn more.