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Now Is the Time to Prepare for Tornado Season 2014

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WIU Ed Leadership Students Jump In to Help After Washington, IL, Nov. 17 Tornado

A group of school administrators, who are enrolled in Western Illinois University's Educational Leadership Program, was in a school building in Washington, IL, Nov. 17, the day a deadly tornado outbreak swept across the Midwest. The educational leaders made it through the storm and provided the area's residents much-needed help—after the twister devastated their neighborhood.

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Computer Models of Tornadoes Show Possible Sheltering Region Behind Hills

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Three-dimensional computer models of the interaction between tornadoes and hills shows that wind velocities are significantly reduced on the leeward side of hills. The finding applied to hills whose height was equal to or greater than the radius of the tornado vortex.

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UA Leads Study on Emotional Effects of Natural Disasters on Children

The study will examine a data set of at-risk youth compiled before the April 27, 2011 tornado, which killed 64 people. Researchers will study levels of exposure, peer relationships and physiological responses of more than 350 children and their parents.

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Study of April 27, 2011, Tornadoes Affirms Theories About the Causes

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A new study of an April 2011 tornado outbreak apparently affirms some new theories about factors that might enhance tornado development.

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Hurricane Season Isn't Over Just Yet...

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Twister History: FSU Researchers Develop Model to Correct Tornado Records for Better Risk Assessment

In the wake of deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma this past spring, Florida State University researchers have developed a new statistical model that will help determine whether the risk of tornadoes is increasing and whether they are getting stronger.

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Tornadoes Tend Toward Higher Elevations and Cause Greater Damage Moving Uphill

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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 life and damage to property in future tornadoes. Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas analyzed Google Earth images of the massive 2011 Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Joplin, Mo., tornadoes and found similarities between the two in behavior and interaction with the terrain. The findings likely apply to all tornadoes.

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