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Q: Has Waterloo or Cedar Falls ever been hit with a devastating tornado like Parkersburg just received? Does water in the Cedar River have any effect in causing the tornado to rise and miss us here in Waterloo ...
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#1 Jun 23, 2008
rivers don't affect tornados, thats is a myth, there is a river in Algona and its been hit by a tornado before! there are rivers every where!
Tornadoes form in unusually violent thunderstorms when there is sufficient (1) instability, and (2) wind shear present in the lower atmosphere. Instability refers to warmer and more humid than usual conditions in the lower atmosphere, and possibly cooler than usual conditions in the upper atmosphere. Wind shear in this case refers to the wind direction changing, and the wind speed increasing, with height. An example would be a southerly wind of 15 mph at the surface, changing to a southwesterly or westerly wind of 50 mph at 5,000 feet altitude.
SO NO the Cedar river will NOT save us from a tornado! who ever told you that should be smacked upside the head!
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