Nevada is a state that doesn't see many tornadoes. That's because it's located in the Mojave Desert, which is very dry.
However, that doesn't mean it's not prone to storms. The state is susceptible to cloudbursts, heavy winds, thunderstorms, hail, and dust storms.
Tornadoes are violent rotating columns of air that extend from a thunderstorm to the ground. They can destroy buildings, uproot trees and hurl cars hundreds of yards.
The most violent tornadoes can spin at wind speeds of 300 mph. They can leave a trail of destruction that is one mile wide and 50 miles long.
Most tornadoes develop in a class of thunderstorms known as supercells, which have a strong parent thunderstorm circulation called a mesocyclone. The mesocyclone rotates within the thunderstorm and is often visible as a circular wall cloud on the weather map, but may also be invisible to the naked eye.
Supercells produce most of the intense tornadoes (EF3 to EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale) that are reported each year. They also commonly produce heavy rain, lightning, wind gusts and hail.
A tornado is formed when thunderstorms of warm, moist air mix with cooler air. The warmer, moister air can cause spinning currents to develop inside the clouds and may even touch down on the ground.
Tornadoes are extremely rare in Nevada due to the dry conditions of our climate. However, a number of other storms occur in the state that can be dangerous to people.
Rainstorms, hail storms, lightning, dust storms, and other weather phenomena are more common than tornadoes. These events are not a major risk to residents but you should be prepared and know how to stay safe.
During storms, seek shelter in a low-lying area away from windows and other buildings. Go to a basement or storm cellar, if possible, for additional protection.
If you’ve ever lived in Nevada, you know that tornadoes are extremely rare. The last one to touch down in Las Vegas was in 2014.
A tornado is a violent rotating column of air. It is caused by thunderstorms that mix warm, moist air with cool, dry air.
Tornadoes can be devastating. In the most severe cases, they can cause cars to become airborne and rip ordinary homes to shreds.
They can also turn broken glass and other debris into lethal missiles. The damage from tornadoes can be catastrophic, and the damage they cause can affect lives and livelihoods for generations to come.
Tornadoes are uncommon in Nevada, averaging just 2 per year statewide. This is mainly because the state is on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which provides a natural barrier that reduces the strength of storms in the area.
Tornadoes are powerful winds that can wreak havoc on people and property. They can damage buildings, turn cars into deadly missiles, and uproot trees and well-built structures.
If you hear the tornado sirens, leave your house immediately and go to a safe place. Sturdy buildings are the safest places, especially the basement.
In addition, stay away from windows. Open windows will allow damaging winds into your house.
The most common cause of structural damage is flying debris slamming into houses and breaking the glass.
In addition, hospitals are particularly vulnerable to tornadoes because they depend on electricity for their medical equipment. If a hospital is damaged by a tornado, the lives of patients can be affected for years to come.