Cool Science - 4/29/13: Tornado Camp

By Emma Koch

April 29, 2013 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 5:35 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- In this week's episode of Cool Science Monday, Martin Fisher from Science Central will talk about the science of tornadoes.

It’s Spring and tornadoes can form from thunderstorms. We’ve all heard stories about pieces of straw or twigs being driven through the side of a barn or telephone pole. This makes tornadoes – in particular, the tornado force winds – very dangerous.

Martin used a Tornado Gun, which is a long pole connecting an enclosed box on one end and a cylinder of compressed air on the other end. He fired a pencil down the tube at approx. 100-150 miles per hour at a piece of drywall, and the pencil was embedded in the drywall.

He also discussed the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning.

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