What Are Tornadoes? - Definition, Causes & The Enhanced Fujita Scale


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Tornadoes are classified based on:

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1. Which of the following is true about tornadoes?

2. In which of the following areas are tornadoes most common?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Tornadoes are dangerous weather events that form from severe thunderstorms. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the characteristics of tornadoes, and the ways in which they are classified. Some things you'll be assessed on include the primary factor for classifying tornadoes, identifying true statements about tornadoes, and where tornadoes are more common.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on identifying the following:

  • The primary factor for classifying tornadoes
  • True statements about tornadoes
  • Where tornadoes are more common
  • Why Florida and the Great Plains have tornadoes more frequently
  • How scientists think tornadoes form

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characteristics and classification of tornadoes
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how tornadoes form
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on the characteristics and classification of tornadoes and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about tornadoes, review the accompanying lesson on Characteristics & Classification of Tornadoes. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Define updraft and downdraft
  • Tornado Alley
  • The enhanced Fujita scale