Meteorologists, atmospheric scientists and many ‘citizen scientists’ are fascinated with the formation of tornadoes. The traditional approach to the study of tornado formation is to chase tornado-producing storms (mesocyclones) across the landscape, hoping to take video of their formation. Although very dangerous work, the study of these videos has resulted in many invaluable contributions to our understanding of how tornadoes form.
A new approach to the study of tornadoes involves the use of supercomputers. In these studies, atmospheric data from actual tornadoes is used to generate detailed computer models of air flow within the different parts of a mesocyclone. The advantage of the computer models is that they allow scientists to visualize interior parts of a tornado that cannot be seen from a distance.
For this video, you will watch an interview with Dr. Leigh Orf, one of the leading scientists in the field of tornado computer modeling. As you watch the video, answer the following questions which address some of his research discoveries and the important connections between computer modeling and tornado ground observation.
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Watch the video, Science Inside a Tornado, and answer the following questions.
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