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The Science of Tornadoes

How funnels form, what drives tornado activity, and what scientists are doing to better understand them--our collection of articles, video and podcasts explain the basics

  • April 18, 2011

Severe Weather Psychology, Part 1

Jacqui Wilmshurst, a PhD psychology student at the University of Sheffield, is spending summer in the field studying human reactions to severe weather and tornadoes. In this special longer-than-usual episode, she shares her initial findings. Christie Nicholson reports

July 7, 2009

Severe Weather Psychology, Part 2

A psychology PhD student from the University of Sheffield shares her initial observations on how well local people understand the behavior of tornadoes. Christie Nicholson reports

July 8, 2009

Getting to the Core of Twisters

In VORTEX2, the largest scientific study of tornadoes, scientists are trying to understand just what causes a twister to form. It's more complicated than you might think. Christie Nicholson reports

June 23, 2009

Twister! The VORTEX2 team scores a tornado

Editor’s note: Scientific American contributing editor Christie Nicholson is traveling with nearly 80 scientists conducting the largest tornado study ever completed.

June 9, 2009 — Christie Nicholson

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