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Spatial and Temporal Characteristics of Tornado Path Direction.

Professional Geographer via Madison College Library

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Suckling, Philip W., and Walker S. Ashley. "Spatial And Temporal Characteristics Of Tornado Path Direction." Professional Geographer 58.1 (2006): 20-38. Academic Search Complete. Web. 19 July 2013.

 

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 This study examines path directions for 6,194 tornadoes that occurred in the eastern two-thirds of the United States during the twenty-three-year period 1980–2002. At the national scale, almost 70 percent of tornadoes in the study went from the west, west-southwest, and southwest, with west-southwest being the highest frequency origin direction.

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The History (and Future) of Tornado Warning Dissemination in the United States.

Bulletin Of The American Meteorological Society via Madison College Library

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Brian E. Peters, et al. "The History (And Future) Of Tornado Warning Dissemination In The United States." Bulletin Of The American Meteorological Society 92.5 (2011): 567-582. Academic Search Complete. Web. 19 July 2013.

 

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This was a very interesting article that gives the history of tornado warning systems, dating back to 1948. It goes through the years giving the advancements made. It started from T.V. network and radio warnings to today with warnings being delivered to specific locations, using GPS and other location technology, through cellular telephones, outdoor sirens, e-mails, and digital television.

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Tornado Damage Estimation

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Insight- Citation: Alexander V. Ryzhkov, et al. "Tornado Damage Estimation Using Polarimetric Radar." Weather & Forecasting 28.1 (2013): 139-158. Academic Search Complete. Web. 15 July 2013. Summary: In this article it discusses how we are advancing by predicting and estimating the damage that will be done by a incoming tornado. This is being done by using polarimetric radar data. This can tell the severity of the tornado as well.
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Tornado Risk Analysis: Is Dixie Alley An Extension Of Tornado Alley?

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Citation: Jared S. Allen, et al. "Tornado Risk Analysis: Is Dixie Alley An Extension Of Tornado Alley?." Bulletin Of The American Meteorological Society 92.4 (2011): 433-441. Academic Search Complete. Web. 11 July 2013.


Summary: Tornado Alley referes to the most tornado-prone regions in the United States.

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Tornadoes on the Sun

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Citation: MONE, GREGORY. "Tornadoes On The Sun. (Cover Story)." Discover 33.10 (2012): 12. Academic Search Complete. Web. 10 July 2013.


Summary: In this Discovery Magazine article they explore these large gas tornadoes on the sun. Described by astrophysicist, Wedemeyer-Bohm, tornadoes reflect local changes in the sun's magnetic field and estimating that there are over 10,000 of them at any time. He also discusses that by moving energy upward, they may give reason for the difference in temperature between the sun's surface and its upper atmosphere.

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TORNADO

Columbia Electronic Encylopedia via Madison College Library

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"Tornado." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2013): 1. Academic Search Complete. Web. 19 July 2013.

 

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This is basic information from an Encyclopedia about what tornadoes are and how they form. Also gives definitions of things such as; Tornado Alley, Fujita Scale, waterspouts etc...  

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The Structural Evolution and Environment of the Tornadoes.

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Citation: Alexander, Curtis R., and Joshua Wurman. "The 30 May 1998 Spencer, South Dakota, Storm. Part I: The Structural Evolution And Environment Of The Tornadoes." Monthly Weather Review 133.1 (2005): 72-96. Academic Search Complete. Web. 18 July 2013.

Summary: In May 1998, atmospheric conditions across southeastern South Dakota led to the development of organized moist convection including several supercells.This supercell remained isolated for an hour and a half before being overtaken by a developing squall line. During this time period the supercell produced at least one strong and one violent tornado

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16 Minutes

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Citation: Katy Steinmetz, et al. "16 Minutes." Time 181.21 (2013): 24. Academic Search Complete. Web. 11 July 2013.

 

Summary: In this Time magazine article was about the tornado that hit Moore Oklahoma in May, 2013. It goes into the how and why it formed and what the radar looked like that day. Most of this article is about the warning going off at 16 minutes before the tornado hit. They have stories from different individuals from Moore, telling their stories about what they did in those 16 minutes to prepare themselves. They also discuss the repercussions and damage done by the tornado. Lastly, it talks about the tornado that took place in Joplin, MO and how they only/most important difference was that Moore had an advanced warning system.

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Funnel Vision

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Citation: Frankel, Leora. "Funnel Vision." Discover 30.5 (2009): 34-39. Academic Search Complete. Web. 10 July 2013.


Summary: This article from Discovery Magazine was about how predicting tornadoes was very difficult. It features a story about the tornado that went through Greensburg kansas in May 2007. It also touches on the nature of tornadoes and how hard they were to study with the equipment they had. What I would like to get from this article is an example of how things used to be and how far we have come since this tragety. 

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Building a Better Storm Buster

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Citation: Stein, Kathleen. "Building A Better Storm Buster." Discover 29.6 (2008): 75. Academic Search Complete. Web. 10 July 2013.


Summary: This article from Discovery Magazine discussed advances in weather modification techniques. A solar power satellite that can prevent tornado formation. Also, in this article it says that lightning kills 62 Americans a year. Scientist have invented a rocket that triggers lightning, making it strike only where they want it to. This will eliminate those deaths.

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