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EF-4: How To Measure A Tornado


The New Yorker has outlined a brief history of how scientists came to develop the scale they use to estimate a tornado’s peak wind speed. The article notes “how little we know” about tornadoes –we can’t anticipate how long they’ll last and while we know what weather conditions create them, such conditions often produce nothing. Yet what we do know about tornados – and what scientists use to estimate a tornado’s wind speed – is the damage they leave behind.

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