World's Largest Tornado Experiment Heads for Great Plains (w/Videos)
The largest and most ambitious tornado study in history will begin next week, as dozens of scientists deploy radars and other ground-based instruments across the Great Plains to gain a better understanding ...
Landscape 'transition zones' may influence where tornadoes strike
(Phys.org) —Areas where landscape shifts from urban to rural or forest to farmland may have a higher likelihood of severe weather and tornado touchdowns, a Purdue University study says.
Pacific ocean temperature influences tornado activity in US, study finds
Meteorologists often use information about warm and cold fronts to determine whether a tornado will occur in a particular area. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found that the temperature of the Pacific Ocean ...
Computer models of tornadoes show possible sheltering region behind hills
(Phys.org) —Using 3-D computer models, University of Arkansas researchers have demonstrated the influence of hills on tornadoes. Their models revealed that the height of a hill and the size of a tornado's ...
New study shows tornadoes tend toward higher elevations and cause greater damage moving uphill
(Phys.org) —The first field investigations of the effect of terrain elevation changes on tornado path, vortex, strength and damage have yielded valuable information that could help prevent the loss of human ...
Reality catches up with sci-fi in storm drones
At the time it premiered, the film "Twister" put forth a fantastical science fiction idea: Release probes into a storm in order to figure out which tornadoes could develop into killers. It's no longer fiction. ...
Could global warming change tornado season, too?
With the planet heating up, many scientists seem fairly certain some weather elements like hurricanes and droughts will worsen. But tornadoes have them stumped.
Using Facebook, researchers analyze debris after tornadoes
(Phys.org) —After tornadoes touched down in the Southeast on April 27, 2011, many people in the storm's path did the most logical thing they could-they posted images of the aftermath on Facebook.
Space tornadoes power the atmosphere of the Sun
Mathematicians at the University of Sheffield, as part of an international team, have discovered tornadoes in space which could hold the key to power the atmosphere of the Sun to millions of kelvin.
NASA satellite movie shows Great Plains tornado outbreak from space
Satellite data gives forecasters a leg up on severe weather. NASA has just released an animation of visible and infrared satellite data showing the development and movement of the Great Plains tornado outbreak, ...
Huge tornadoes discovered on the Sun
(PhysOrg.com) -- Solar tornadoes several times as wide as the Earth can be generated in the solar atmosphere, say researchers in the UK. A solar tornado was discovered using the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly ...
Rare supercell thunderstorm in Hawaii produces record size hailstone
Next-gen weather satellites to improve tornado warnings
When you read the following paragraph, consider the following: Tornado season hasn't even started yet.
Scientists make progress in assessing tornado seasons
Meteorologists can see a busy hurricane season brewing months ahead, but until now there has been no such crystal ball for tornadoes, which are much smaller and more volatile. This information gap took on ...