California Tornado Quiz
- Which of the following states has had
more verified tornadoes in the period January through June 1998:
Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas or California? ANSWER: California.
- Which U.S. county had the most verified
tornadoes in 1996? ANSWER:
- ___ T ___ F No region in California
experiences tornado frequencies that rival those observed in
the Great Plains. ANSWER:
False. Portions of the southern Los Angeles Basin
and portions of the Central Valley (central San Joaquin
and "tornado alley" in the Sacramento Valley--corridor
between Chico and Oroville) have tornado frequencies that equal
or rival those in the Great Plains.
- ___ T ___ F Tornadoes are rare in
False. One of the most erroneous preconceived notions about
California weather and climate that refuses to die, despite overwhelming
- ___ T ___ F Tornadoes in California, unlike their
Great Plains' cousins, are always weak and short-lived.
ANSWER: False. In California, as in the
Great Plains, the most frequent tornado to occur is the F0 (weak)
. However, F1 (moderate) tornadoes are almost as frequent. Some
California tonadoes have path lengths as long as three miles
or more. It is true that F2 (strong) tornadoes are much rarer
in California than in the Great Plains. F4 and F5 damage producing
tornadoes have never been observed in California.