Today, students learned about tornadoes by reading the email I got from Tommy the Tornado, then investigated the vortex inside of a tornado tube.

A tornado is a very special kind of storm. It is a column of swirling winds that reaches all the way from the ground up to the clouds in the sky. It’s only when it touches the ground and the sky that it’s called a tornado. You can find them most everywhere in the world, but most frequently in the American Midwest. The average tornado is about five hundred feet across, but can sometimes be a mile wide. On average, they travel across the ground for about five miles, although the path can be much shorter or longer than that. The swirling winds can be as fast as three hundred miles per hour!