Physics To Go is an online monthly mini-magazine and a collection of more than 1000 websites with physics images, activites, and info. You can view an archived version of our February 16, 2008 issue, Tornado inside & out below, or click to see our September 1, 2013 issue, Two views of Earth.

Physics in Your World

Indoor Tornado image
credit: The Exploratorium; image source; larger version

Indoor Tornado

This vortex is produced in an interactive exhibit at the Exploratorium. To learn about the pressure inside a vortex, see Bernoulli's Principle.

(This feature was updated on August 13, 2016.)

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Physics at Home


Try the Exploratorium activity Vortex to make a model of a tornado.


From Physics Research

Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas image
Photo by Eric Nguyen; image source; larger image

Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas

Storm chaser Eric Nguyen captured this image in Kansas in June of 2004.  To learn more about this image and about tornadoes, visit APOD: Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas.

Worth a Look

Hunt for the Supertwister

Visit NOVA's Hunt for the Supertwister to find out:

  • why the US has so many tornadoes,
  • how to track a tornado, and
  • how much damage an F5 tornado, packing 250-300 mph winds, can do.

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