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Population only part of tornado casualty story

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 19:07
The strength of a tornado has a significantly larger effect than population on the number of casualties, new research concludes.

Measuring the human impact of weather

Thu, 18/05/2017 - 13:30
The World Meteorological Organization has announced today world records for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms. It marks the first time the official WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes has broadened its scope from strictly temperature and weather records to address the impacts of specific events.

Climate change, tornadoes and mobile homes: A dangerous mix

Thu, 04/05/2017 - 16:06
Tornadoes and mobile homes don't mix to begin with, but throw in the volatility of climate change and the potential for massive property damage and deaths is even higher in coming decades, indicates a new study.

Researchers develop radar simulator to characterize scattering of debris in tornadoes

Mon, 01/05/2017 - 18:17
Researchers have developed the first numerical polarimetric radar simulator to study and characterize the scattering of debris particles in tornadoes.

SimRadar: A polarimetric radar time-series simulator for tornadic debris studies

Mon, 01/05/2017 - 15:22
Scientists have developed the first numerical polarimetric radar simulator to study and characterize scattering mechanisms of debris particles in tornadoes. Characterizing the debris field of a tornado is vital given flying debris cause most tornado fatalities. Tornado debris characteristics are poorly understood even though the upgrade of the nation's radar network to dual polarimetric radar offers potentially valuable capabilities for improving tornado warnings and nowcasting.

A scientist and a supercomputer re-create a tornado

Tue, 14/03/2017 - 00:25
With tornado season fast approaching or already underway in vulnerable states throughout the US, new supercomputer simulations are giving meteorologists unprecedented insight into the structure of monstrous thunderstorms and tornadoes. One such recent simulation recreates a tornado-producing supercell thunderstorm that left a path of destruction over the Central Great Plains in 2011.