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Offline Marcus

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Stillness Before a Tornado
« on: April 12, 2008, 10:21:38 AM »
I've always heard that before a tornado strikes or appears, the air becomes very very still and quiet.

Is this true, or just an old wives' tale?

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Re: Stillness Before a Tornado
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2008, 10:24:10 AM »
It's been my experience that it's true.  I've always wondered why it gets so still.

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Re: Stillness Before a Tornado
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2008, 10:25:09 AM »
True. A lot of the time, you'll get hail (the larger the hail generally the more violent the tornado due to intensity of updraft) before a tornado. This is not always true though, since mother nature likes to go by her own rules so ALWAY pay attention to tornado warnings when they are issued and don't wait to see it or hear it.
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Re: Stillness Before a Tornado
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2008, 10:27:43 AM »
Welcome to the forum, Marcus.


I believe there is some truth to this.  Oftentimes, the tornadic part of the storm will be slightly separated from the rest of the storm (especially if it is a classic supercell).  In this case, the rotation may be on the southwest side of the cell... showing up as a pendant hook coming off the left side of the storm on radar.  Heavy rain and even a hail core may appear in the bigger portion of the storm right ahead of the inflow region... which is frequently precipitation-free.  So, many times, the rain will actually let up, and there'll be a brief period of calm right before the rotation moves in.

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Re: Stillness Before a Tornado
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2008, 11:16:10 AM »
If you have let's say a hook echo like you see on radars, that small notch of no precip, will cause that stillness and quite.. I've experienced it a few times. It's truly amazing how still and quite it does get. But then after a few mins you can hear the roar of 'something'. Tornado or not, you can usually hear the wind howling your way.

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Re: Stillness Before a Tornado
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2008, 12:24:33 PM »
Yeah! It gets very quiet! I remember on the Feb. 5th tornado, it was raining and very windy, but then when storm got closer....it was still! You heard nothing (except the roar of the gas plant)! Then a couple minutes later we heard a freight train sound along with the roar form the fire! It is something I will remember forever! And when I do get older and am able to chase storms, that evening will always enter my mind! No doubt!
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Re: Stillness Before a Tornado
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2008, 09:01:28 PM »
I've been told that the updraft can cause it to feel very calm. IMO there is some truth accuracy to it but no certain and consistent factor that will make it calm before the storm.

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Re: Stillness Before a Tornado
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2008, 06:15:30 AM »
Before the April 3, 1974 tornado touched down in our area (Elizabethtown, KY), there was a definite calm before all chaos broke lose.

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Re: Stillness Before a Tornado
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2008, 06:25:29 AM »
I've been told that the updraft can cause it to feel very calm. IMO there is some truth accuracy to it but no certain and consistent factor that will make it calm before the storm.

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