Kid Scoop keeps you informed about tornadoes

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Featured, Kid Scoop | Comments Off


This painting by artist Meredith Steele shows a tornado, one of the most dangerous weather formations Americans can face.

Tornadoes are one of nature’s most violent and scary events. These storm clouds form when the temperature, wind, humidity and atmospheric pressure build up to a specific point and create a potentially deadly weather event.
In today’s Kid Scoop, you can learn exactly how they form and what you should do to protect yourself if you know one is nearby. You’ll know one is nearby because an announcement will be broadcast on TV or the radio and you might even hear warning sirens go off.
As described in today’s Kid Scoop and elsewhere on the Internet, there are some ways to keep yourself safe.

  • Go to a safe area deep inside your house, such as a room with no windows or the cellar.
  • Listen to the radio for information on when the storms have passed and if more are coming.
  • Don’t try to go looking for your mom, dad, grandparents or pets. They will do their best to stay safe with or without you. Your job is to stay safe too.

Here’s a look at a tornado actually forming, reaching down from the sky and making contact with the ground.

Here are some tornado safety tips.

And here’s a few quick science experiments you can try to simulate a tornado — without all that destruction.

What is Kid Scoop? It’s a special page that appears every Monday in The York Dispatch and other local newspapers. Aside from its main feature and the Writing Corner, it includes games, puzzles and jokes.

Get your copy of Kid Scoop in today’s edition of The York Dispatch, and be sure to assemble your own Write On! entry and submit it to We’ll run every entry here!

Of course, you can submit those entries, and anything else you want, for publication here on the Junior Dispatch. Send your JD items to Learn about what you can submit here.


Art from LakeMartinVoice and Meredith Steele via