Tornadoes are both awesome and scary at the same time. Its destructive power can be both a sight to behold, and a sight that makes anyone run for their lives. As for me, you can say I’m in awe when nature unleashes its fury in the form of 100+ mph winds. Now observing one from a distance is very dangerous, as I am told, and I don’t blame those who say so. However, it is possible to downsize a tornado, enough to observe it and to keep creating one as many times as I like. All I needed were the following:
- 2 Bottles of Coke Zero (1.5 L),
- Duct Tape, and
- Food Coloring (Any color, which, in this case, is red)
It’s called “Tornado in a Bottle”, or at least, that’s what I call it. To create one, we first have to drain both bottles of its contents. What better way to do this than with the whole family, am I right? Anyway, after the bottles have been emptied, they were then washed and left to dry. Afterwards, the caps of both bottles were taken off. One bottle was then filled with a considerable amount of water, while the other was left alone. Food coloring was added to the bottle with water to give it color. Finally, the opening of the empty bottle was taped to the opening of the non-empty bottle as seen below. And that’s it! To create a tornado with it, all you have to do is overturn the setup and spin it while the water is transferring to the bottom bottle. The result is a mini-tornado that can be observed by anyone. Check the link below to catch the “Tornado in a Bottle” in action.
Now, being able to observe the structure of a tornado up close is great and all, but it does not tell us anything about how these natural disasters are formed in the first place. So, I dug around about it and found out that tornadoes, otherwise known as tropical cyclones, are made from tropical storms, as the name suggests. Apparently, heat emissions from the condensation of water vapor warms the surrounding air, thus making it rise. Now, as the warm air rises, it collides with cold air, which, in turn, warms it up. This heat exchange apparently causes the wind to travel in a clockwise direction until it eventually forms a spiral pattern. This then continues to pick up in both speed and size as more and more warm air is pushed upwards due to the water cycle. And there you have it, that’s a tornado/hurricane that mankind has to deal with, brought to you by nature itself.
P.S. I’m just glad we don’t see that happening at all over here in the Philippines.