Red shows tornadoes on this map

Wow, Texas is in the red, and it's not for Valentine's Day.

Have you seen this NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) map of tornadoes?

Tornadoes occur often in Southern Oklahoma and North Texas. What to do, what to do to stay safe? A way to stay safe, tested at the Texas Tech National Wind Institute, is to hunker down into your severe weather shelter safe room, provided by American Tornado Master.

Tornado Fast Facts

For quick tornado information that you can likely digest even faster than a marshmallow bunny for the Valentine's holiday, look here for tornado information from CNN:

  • How tornadoes often form
  • Top tornado wind speed
  • What heavy items a tornado can lift
  • Common synonym for a tornado (hint: a movie name)
  • Meaning of tornado watch
  • Meaning of tornado warning
  • Meaning of tornado emergency
  • Meaning of EF Fuyjita Scale ratings
  • More

Where the "F-Scale" originated; scale numbers

When you hear of EF-4 or EF-5 tornadoes, you likely know that they're very serious events. But what exactly does that all mean? The "F" in an F scale originated in 1971 when Japanese-born United States Citizen and meteorologist through the University of Chicago Dr. Tetsuya Theodore "Ted" Fujita first introduced his Fujita Scale.

The Fujita Scale characterized and rated tornadoes and hurricanes by area and intensity with a six-point scale. Each level defined the intensity, area, and wind speed estimate associated with a tornado's damaging winds. Following the April, 1974 Super Tornado Outbreak in the U.S., Dr. Fujita's F-Scale became a standard of measurement:

  •    • F0–Gale
  •    • F1–Weak
  •    • F2–Strong
  •    • F3–Severe
  •    • F4–Devastating
  •    • F5–Incredible

Compare the original F-Scale to the EF-Scale 

The EF-Scale (Enhanced F-Scale) remains a set of wind estimates (with a slightly different range than in the initial F-Scale), not measurements, that are based upon actual damage. Consider:

Tornado damage to property is devastating; loss of life is indescribable. Great solution here.

The Texas Tech University National Wind Institute has been instrumental in providing NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) with critical severe weather, tornado data. When we speak of American Tornado Master products being tested at Texas Tech, you'll know that we at American Tornado Master have done our due diligence in working to provide safe, tested severe weather shelters. 

American Tornado Master cannot stop tornadoes. But we can help to stop tornadoes from harming you and your family. So, do you know your tornado fast facts?

Contact American Tornado Master today to learn more about providing a safe room where you live.