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Q: Tornado sounds ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Tornado sounds
Category: Science > Physics
Asked by: sripley-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 31 Jul 2006 10:23 PDT
Expires: 30 Aug 2006 10:23 PDT
Question ID: 751153
When people say a tornado sounds like a train, do they mean the sound
of the train roaring down the track, or the train whistle?
Subject: Re: Tornado sounds
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 31 Jul 2006 10:52 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi sripley,

Thank you for your question.

The sound of an approaching tornado is like a freight train roaring
down the tracks.  It's definitely a loud roar!  I've heard that sound
and it's one you don't forget.

The following weather signs may mean that a tornado is approaching: 

A dark or green-colored sky. 
A large, dark, low-lying cloud. 
Large hail. 
A loud roar that sounds like a freight train. 

========= - Infrasonics Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Why do tornadoes make a freight train sound? 


NPR - click on Listen


"Thanks to a lifetime of tornado phobia, I?m more than familiar with
the warning signs of a tornado - especially that "freight train"
sound. So I spent two long, stormy nights straining to separate the
roaring sound of the wind and the continuous low rumble of the ocean
from the sound of an approaching freight train."


personal experience

tornado approach sounds roar freight train tracks


Best regards,
sripley-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Still it seems like the wind might produce a "howl" that might sound
like a train whistle...

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