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Although tornadoes tend to stay east of the Rocky Mountains, they also have occurred in pretty much every state. In other words, you might be affected regardless of where you live. This means that tornadoes should be on everybody’s list as something to be prepared for.

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I’ve never been around a real tornado, however, the movie Twister definitely prepared me for flying bovine should I ever find myself .

And then, after the image of the bunny flies off into the sunset, I ask myself,”What do I actually know about tornadoes, and how do I know if one is coming?”

Great questions, Self.

As tornadoes tend to begin showing up more prevalently in the spring (and spring has only about sprung), let me share with you the way to know if a tornado is on its way for a trip.

Of course, the easiest method is to get your TV or radio . Your regional broadcasters will broadcast a tornado warning (right in the middle of your favorite show, might I add). Those have a tendency to come just about 13 minutes before the actual tornado, and may actually arrive much faster. That being said, not every area is going to be given a broadcast warning, so knowing the signs of an impending tornado is quite important.

Although tornadoes can be enormous and devastating, they at least have the decency to give us a few warning signs before they officially arrive. These six hints should help you identify tornado threats.

Funnel Cloud

Alright, so this one is one of the more obvious ones. Tornadoes have to form somewhere, so in case you see a funnel cloud start to form, this is a really good indication a tornado is on its way. When the weather gets rough, you might want to keep your eye on the sky, just in case.

A dark, occasionally green, sky

green sky

This is another reason why it’s good to see the skies during storms. The sky isn’t always green, however, so don’t be fooled if the sky is simply very, very dim.

Occasionally the funnel of a tornado will not be visible. Yet. By noticing a cloud of debris coming (especially at ground level), that may be a great sign that something even more dangerous is on its way.

A loud roar (like a freight train)

This is particularly helpful if you don’t live near a railroad. Tornadoes give off a continuous rumble, much like that of a train.

A strange calm after a thunderstorm

It is not uncommon for a tornado to occur after a thunderstorm. Do not be surprised if you find a clear, calm skies in the tornado’s wake.

Debris falling from the skies

This is also a good indicator that there are strong winds nearby. If debris starts falling from the sky like rain, chances are you’ll want to seek cover.


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So there you have it. If you keep these six things in mind before and during storms, you shouldn’t be caught off guard by a tornado.

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