Tornado

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Drug slang A regional term for crack cocaine
Public safety A violently rotating storm—nature’s most violent weather phenomenon—produced in a very severe thunderstorm, appearing as a funnel cloud extending from the base of a cumulonimbus to the ground
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These radars showed the evolution of two confirmed tornadic debris balls as both storms moved towards Norman, Okla.
Tornadic activity or "cyclones" as they were called were quite common.
Cressey, who was parked at a stoplight when the steeple of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church was ripped off by tornadic winds and fell down on top of Ms.
This conjunction of rotation, lightning and waterspouts is characteristic of a familiar meteorological phenomenon seemingly unrelated to volcanic plumes: a tornadic thunderstorm.
Based on this experience, the architects designed a roof and building to withstand straight and tornadic winds, as well as other environmental factors, such as earthquake fault lines.
Recognizing a developing tornadic signature, forecasters issued a tornado warning for Fort Hood 31 minutes prior to touchdown, far exceeding the National Weather Service average of 13 minutes.
The heat and tornadic winds of the firestorm had melted railroad car wheels, leveled buildings, and uprooted the charred remains of trees.
Turns out those heavy storms, including tornadic winds, had hit a couple of the units we'd be hunting, and outfitter Doug Miller and his guides, Ron Mobley, Billy Hudson, and Drew Pearson, had to run down some of the Double Bull and Eastman Outfitters blinds that were blown off their moorings.
The Understanding refers to "earthquakes, tsunamis; an upset in the ecological balance of a region; changes in weather patterns (clouds, precipitation, cyclones of various types, tornadic storms); changes in climate patterns; changes in ocean currents; changes in the state of the ozone layer; and changes in the state of the ionosphere.
Winter brings blizzards, hot tornadic winds arise in the spring, and in summer the prairie is an anvil's edge" [Palmer, p.