Hurricanes are windstorms that begin over the ocean. Tornadoes are windstorms that build up over hot land, funnels of spinning air.
She just couldn't wait to try out her latest Science Project: Creating a Tornado AND Hurricane in a bottle.
- 2 2-liter clear plastic pop bottles (empty and clean)
- duct tape
Fill one of the bottles two-thirds full of water.
Use duct tape to fasten the two bottles together. Make sure to tape tightly to make sure that no water will leak out when you turn the bottle over.
Turn the tornado maker, so that the bottle with the water is on top. Swirl the bottle in a circular motion. A tornado will form in the top bottle as the water rushes into the bottom bottle creating a hurricane.
Swirling the water in the bottle while pouring it out causes the formation of a vortex. The vortex looks like a tornado in the bottle. The formation of the vortex makes it easier for air to come into the bottle and allows the water to pour out faster.