Tornado Climatology


What is Tornado?

Tornado is a  vortex that arises in a thundercloud and spreads downward, often to the very surface of the earth, in the form of a sleeve or trunk made of clouds.

The causes of tornadoes can be different - some tornadoes arise because of difference between warm air and cold sea water. A tornado exists because of the different pressure caused by the difference in temperatures. Inside the tornado warm air rises upward, and that is why a zone of rarefied air is formed, into which the nearest air and clouds rush. Due to this process, the tornado gains size and power sharply and avalanche-like. Then the tornado moves to the side where cold air comes from. The tornado can lift large and tattered objects, and also destroy buildings by explosion because of the difference in pressure in the building and in the tornado.

What is Tornado Climatology?

Tornado Climatology is a branch of Climatology which deals with the emergence, development and distribution of tornadoes. It solves with such issues as the possible origins of tornadoes (which has not yet been thoroughly studied), predictions of their movement.

How to get an education in Tornado Climatology?

Usually universities do not provide study programs in Tornado Climatology, because it is a very specific area. So if you wish to receive education in Tornado Climatology you should apply for a study program in Climate Studies and chose tornadoes as your research project topic. It is better to apply for one of the universities of the United States - because of weather conditions, most tornadoes happen in the US, so they are studied better in these, in addition, the US is the home of a science such as tornado climatology. Some study programs in Climate Science can be found on our website.