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OU Researchers Develop Radar Simulator to Characterize Scattering Mechanisms of Debris Particles in Tornadoes

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A University of Oklahoma research team with the Advanced Radar Research Center has developed the first numerical polarimetric radar simulator to study and characterize scattering mechanisms of debris particles in tornadoes.

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Preparing Your Pet for Disaster

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Some disasters can even be so devastating they require evacuation. In this case it is best to take your furry family members with you.

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Biological and Environmental Research, biological and environmental sciences, Environmental Science, Trees, tree, windthrow, Wind, Wind Damage, Atmosphere, Ecosystem, ecosystem health, Ecosystem Function, Tropics, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL, Berkeley Lab, El Nino, El Nino Events, Earth System, earth systems science, Storms, storm damage, Damage

If a Tree Falls in the Amazon

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For the first time, scientists pinpointed how often storms topple trees, helping to predict how changes in Amazonia affect the world.

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Population Only Part of Tornado Casualty Story

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New research out of Florida State University shows that the strength of a tornado has a significantly larger effect than population on the number of casualties.

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Expert Behind 'EF Scale' Describes Development of Tornado Rating System

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Climate Change, Tornadoes and Mobile Homes: A Dangerous Mix

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 by Michigan State University researchers.

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Turbulence, Turbulent, Navier-Stokes equations, Newton's Law, Exact coherent structure, ECS, phyics, Butterfly, Tornado, inverted pendulum, unstable manifold

From the Butterfly's Wing to the Tornado: Predicting Turbulence

Remember the butterfly-triggers-tornado adage? Chaos theory says calculating turbulence to find out if that's true must be impossible. Now, physicists are latching onto turbulent patterns with digital optics and math. Their resulting forecasts jibe with actual turbulent flows.

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The Future of Coastal Flooding

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Better storm surge prediction capabilities could help reduce the impacts of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes.

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Tornado Researchers Return to Tennessee Valley for Second Year of VORTEX-SE

Tornado researchers from Texas Tech University and five other schools are participating in a long-range experiment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Texas Tech Team Targets Tornadic Storms in the Southeast with VORTEX-SE

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Chris Weiss Pitch Texas Tech University researchers will spend the next two months in the Tennessee Valley region collecting data during severe storms as part of the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment-Southeast (VORTEX-SE), a congressionally-mandated research project. VORTEX-SE aims to study the conditions that produce tornadoes, particularly in the Southeast.







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