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News Release 17-041

Researchers develop radar simulator to characterize scattering of debris in tornadoes

Results could aid weather forecasters and emergency managers

Researchers use special simulations to study tornado debris and how it interacts with deadly tornadoes.

Credit: NSF/OU

 

Atmospheric scientists collect rapid-scan data from a tornado in Texas in May, 2015.

Atmospheric scientists collect rapid-scan data from a tornado in Texas in May, 2015.

Credit: University of Oklahoma


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The scientists scan a possible tornado-producing supercell in Kansas at sunset.

The scientists scan a possible tornado-producing supercell in Kansas at sunset.

Credit: University of Oklahoma


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The researchers studied data, including debris signatures, from the 2013 EF5 tornado in Oklahoma.

The researchers studied data, including debris signatures, from the 2013 EF5 tornado in Oklahoma.

Credit: University of Oklahoma


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NSF-funded scientists developed a radar simulator that tracks debris in a simulated tornado.

NSF-funded scientists developed a radar simulator that tracks debris in a simulated tornado.

Credit: University of Oklahoma


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Image from the new rapid-scan, dual-polarization radar simulator, which can detect tornado debris.

Image from the new rapid-scan, dual-polarization radar simulator, which can detect tornado debris.

Credit: University of Oklahoma


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Scientists measure how radar signals change for the type, size and orientation of debris detected.

Scientists measure how radar signals change for the type, size and orientation of debris detected.

Credit: University of Oklahoma


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