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Newswise: S&T Brings Partners Together to InSPIRE Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Innovation
Released: 19-May-2020 4:45 PM EDT
S&T Brings Partners Together to InSPIRE Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Innovation
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

To help communities prepare for disasters and rebuild in the aftermath, DHS S&T partnered with NAPSG to convene experts from around the country to share best practices and identify practical solutions related to information sharing, geospatial technologies, and leadership.

Newswise: Low Frequency Sound May Predict Tornado Formation
19-Nov-2019 2:25 PM EST
Low Frequency Sound May Predict Tornado Formation
American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics

How can you tell when a storm is going to produce a tornado even before the twister forms? Research from Oklahoma State University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln indicates prior to tornado formation, storms emit low-frequency sounds.

Released: 21-Nov-2019 1:45 PM EST
Schedule for the APS DFD Press Conferences with Live Webcasts from Seattle
American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics

Press conferences for the 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics in Seattle will be held Monday, Nov. 25, at the Washington State Convention Center. The conferences, which will be webcast, will focus on research into how flow control is making some MLB pitchers nearly unhittable, predicting tornado formation from the sounds that storms make and teaching fluid mechanics through dance, as well as other discoveries in fluid dynamics.

Newswise: Helping Marshalltown recover from tornado through research, outreach
Released: 10-Jul-2019 10:00 AM EDT
Helping Marshalltown recover from tornado through research, outreach
Iowa State University

One year after an EF-3 tornado struck Marshalltown, Iowa State students and faculty are conducting research and outreach to help a community still in recovery. They’re using what they’ve learned to create a toolkit that communities can use to examine challenges that exacerbate a disaster’s damage and slow recovery efforts.

Newswise: The Storm After the Storm: Scam Contractors Who Prey on Those Suffering After a Natural Disaster
Released: 31-May-2019 4:05 PM EDT
The Storm After the Storm: Scam Contractors Who Prey on Those Suffering After a Natural Disaster
Baylor University

Following a natural disaster or strong storm, there is usually a second wave of potential destruction – scam artists looking to line their pockets.

Newswise: Missouri S&T wind engineer assesses Jefferson City tornado damage
Released: 24-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Missouri S&T wind engineer assesses Jefferson City tornado damage
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Less than 24 hours after tornadoes swept through communities across Missouri, Dr. Guirong (Grace) Yan was inspecting the damage in Jefferson City, one of the cities hit by Wednesday night’s tornado outbreak. Yan, an assistant professor of structural engineering at Missouri S&T, and three of her Ph.D. students visited the state capitol to assess the damage as part of her research on tornadic wind pressure.

Newswise: VORTEX-SE delivers tornado formation research
Released: 9-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
VORTEX-SE delivers tornado formation research
University of Alabama Huntsville

Scientists at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) are publishing research about tornado formation resulting from the multiyear Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment Southeast (VORTEX-SE) program.

Newswise: Texas Tech Researchers Collaborating to Study Tornadoes, Improve Forecasts
Released: 8-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Texas Tech Researchers Collaborating to Study Tornadoes, Improve Forecasts
Texas Tech University

Christopher Weiss, a professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Geosciences through the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas Tech University and an affiliate of the university’s National Wind Institute (NWI), is leading a group from Texas Tech to collaborate with other scientists and engineers around the country using drones and radars to learn more about supercell thunderstorms that produce tornadoes.

Newswise: In Disasters, Twitter Influencers Get Out-Tweeted
7-Feb-2019 11:30 AM EST
In Disasters, Twitter Influencers Get Out-Tweeted
University of Vermont

A first-of-its-kind study on Twitter use during 5 of the costliest U.S. natural disasters offers potentially life-saving insights. The research, in PLOS ONE, finds that Twitter users with small networks (100-200 followers) increase activity more than those with larger networks in these situations. It also finds that each disaster type (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods) has a unique pattern of social media use.

Released: 28-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST
Best of 2018: Experts respond to wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters
Newswise

See expert analysis and research from our members related to natural disasters

Newswise: WIU Administrator, Students Help with Taylorville Tornado Damage Assessment
Released: 3-Dec-2018 3:05 PM EST
WIU Administrator, Students Help with Taylorville Tornado Damage Assessment
Western Illinois University

MACOMB, IL – A Western Illinois University administrator and two students were headed outside the classroom Monday morning to assist with assessing the damage caused by the tornadoes impacting central Illinois Saturday afternoon.

Newswise: Researchers studying Marshalltown tornado’s impact on renter, immigrant households
Released: 23-Oct-2018 2:45 PM EDT
Researchers studying Marshalltown tornado’s impact on renter, immigrant households
Iowa State University

A disaster researcher at Iowa State University is examining how the tornado that hit Marshalltown this summer affected housing and different types of households – particularly immigrant households and renters – in order to understand what can be done in the future to address disaster recovery needs in the United States.

Released: 12-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT
Hurricane Preparedness Tips From a Disaster Nurse
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

People who plan to ride out a storm must be prepared. They cannot rely solely on sandbags and luck to see them through. Understanding how a specific area will be affected by flood waters, power outages, and a prolonged need for self-sustainment are perhaps the largest contributors to successful survival of large weather-related events like hurricanes.

Newswise: Predictable, Preventable and Deadly: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning after Storms
Released: 26-Sep-2018 3:45 PM EDT
Predictable, Preventable and Deadly: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning after Storms
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Severe weather events, such as summer hurricanes, tornadoes, and winter snow storms often result in widespread and prolonged power outages, interrupting essential household functions, including home heating. In such a scenario, people may use generators and risk carbon monoxide poisoning.

Newswise: Missouri S&T civil engineering professor preaches Midwest tornado preparation
Released: 26-Jul-2018 10:45 AM EDT
Missouri S&T civil engineering professor preaches Midwest tornado preparation
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Growing up in northeast China, Dr. Guirong (Grace) Yan didn’t see many tornados in a country where the number of documented twisters is a fraction of those that hit the United States.But as her academic career took Yan to several postdoctoral fellowships and then faculty positions in Indiana, Missouri and Texas, the assistant professor of structural engineering at Missouri S&T gradually found her calling.

Newswise: Decoding Tornadoes’ Infrasound Waves
26-Apr-2018 10:10 AM EDT
Decoding Tornadoes’ Infrasound Waves
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Tornado-producing storms can emit infrasound more than an hour before tornadogenesis, which inspired a group of researchers to develop a long-range, passive way of listening in on storms. During the 175th ASA Meeting, Brian Elbing will present his group’s work collecting infrasound measurements from tornadoes to decode information contained in waves about the formation processes and life cycle before potentially devastating storms hit.

Released: 16-Apr-2018 10:05 AM EDT
How Does One Prepare for Adverse Weather Events? Depends on Your Past Experiences
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

With much of the country now entering peak tornado season, the impact of these potentially devastating weather events will be shaped in large part by how individuals think about and prepare for them. A new study published in Risk Analysis shows that people’s past experiences with tornadoes inform how they approach this type of extreme weather in the future, including their perception of the risk.

Released: 5-Dec-2017 3:05 PM EST
Faculty Awarded NOAA Grant to Improve Tornado Warnings for Deaf
University of Alabama

Researchers at The University of Alabama will study how tornado warnings could be improved in their accessibility and comprehension by members of the Deaf, Blind and Deaf-Blind communities.

Newswise: Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST
Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
Newswise

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

Newswise: Evacuating Older Adults and Their Furry Friends: FSU Study Finds Florida Needs More Pet-Friendly Shelters
Released: 23-Oct-2017 3:30 PM EDT
Evacuating Older Adults and Their Furry Friends: FSU Study Finds Florida Needs More Pet-Friendly Shelters
Florida State University

Florida needs more pet-friendly shelters, especially for older adults who represent 50 to 75 percent of deaths following disasters like hurricanes, according to a recent study from Florida State University.

Newswise: Tiny Tornados at the Dawn of the Universe
Released: 23-Oct-2017 8:05 AM EDT
Tiny Tornados at the Dawn of the Universe
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Swirling soup of matter’s fundamental building blocks spins ten billion trillion times faster than the most powerful tornado, setting new record for “vorticity.”

Newswise: SU Senior Turns Tornado Chaser During Summer Break
Released: 14-Sep-2017 2:40 PM EDT
SU Senior Turns Tornado Chaser During Summer Break
Salisbury University

This summer, many of Alison Banks’ classmates caught some beachside rays. The Salisbury University senior preferred cloudy days. She attended the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at Colorado State University, chasing tornadoes while pursuing her interest in atmospheric sciences.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Being Prepared for All Types of Emergencies
Released: 13-Sep-2017 4:30 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Being Prepared for All Types of Emergencies
Penn State Health

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have left many outside their paths thinking about how they might prepare for a weather emergency.

24-Aug-2017 12:05 PM EDT
On the Frontlines of Climate Change
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

George Kourounis has been on the front lines of climate change for years. He has witnessed first-hand the effects of our changing environment.

Newswise: Record-Low 2016 Antarctic Sea Ice Due to 'Perfect Storm' of Tropical, Polar Conditions
Released: 31-Aug-2017 8:00 AM EDT
Record-Low 2016 Antarctic Sea Ice Due to 'Perfect Storm' of Tropical, Polar Conditions
University of Washington

This exceptional, sudden loss of sea ice around Antarctica last year was due to a unique one-two punch from atmospheric conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean and around the South Pole.

Newswise: Hurricane & Flood Handbook: After the Storm
Released: 28-Aug-2017 2:05 PM EDT
Hurricane & Flood Handbook: After the Storm
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Take it from someone who has seen 27 inches of water lap against the living room walls: plan ahead.

Released: 7-Aug-2017 12:05 PM EDT
Hospital Admissions for Older Adults Increased for Weeks After Natural Disaster
University of Michigan

Older adults may still be checking into hospitals for weeks after a natural disaster, past the the expected three days of anticipated injuries and health issues, a new University of Michigan study shows.

Newswise: OU Researchers Develop Radar Simulator to Characterize Scattering Mechanisms of Debris Particles in Tornadoes
Released: 19-Jul-2017 3:00 PM EDT
OU Researchers Develop Radar Simulator to Characterize Scattering Mechanisms of Debris Particles in Tornadoes
University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Preparing Your Pet for Disaster
Released: 14-Jul-2017 11:05 AM EDT
Preparing Your Pet for Disaster
Texas A&M University

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

Newswise: If a Tree Falls in the Amazon
Released: 19-Jun-2017 6:05 PM EDT
If a Tree Falls in the Amazon
Department of Energy, Office of Science

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

Newswise: Population Only Part of Tornado Casualty Story
Released: 24-May-2017 11:05 AM EDT
Population Only Part of Tornado Casualty Story
Florida State University

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.

Released: 4-May-2017 5:05 AM EDT
Climate Change, Tornadoes and Mobile Homes: A Dangerous Mix
Michigan State University

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.

Newswise:Video Embedded from-the-butterly-s-wing-to-the-tornado-predicting-turbulence
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Released: 15-Mar-2017 11:05 AM EDT
From the Butterfly's Wing to the Tornado: Predicting Turbulence
Georgia Institute of Technology

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.

Newswise: The Future of Coastal Flooding
Released: 8-Mar-2017 5:05 PM EST
The Future of Coastal Flooding
Department of Energy, Office of Science

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

Released: 7-Mar-2017 11:05 AM EST
Tornado Researchers Return to Tennessee Valley for Second Year of VORTEX-SE
Texas Tech University

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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