I chose the Tri-State Tornado that occurred on March 18th, 1925, in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. This tornado was the deadliest in US history causing 695 fatalities. I picked a tornado-related event because even though I grew up on the edge of tornado ally in Saint Paul, Minnesota, I don’t know the science behind what causes them.
- I want to learn more about tornado science, and what sets apart a regular storm and a storm that has tornadoes.
- I want to have a deeper understanding of the categorizing system and why some rankings are disputed after the event.
- I would like to learn more about detection and warning systems for tornadoes and how it has changed since the Tri-State Tornado of 1925.
My second topic is tsunamis and the 1958 Lituya Bay tsunami that occurred in Southeast Alaska on a narrow inlet. I chose this event because tsunamis have always interested me and I have a very limited knowledge of them.
- What is the difference between a tsunami and a megatsunami as the 1958 event has been categorized as?
- Are there areas prone to more destructive tsunamis than others, and are they mapped?
- What and why are there conflicting analysis for the cause of the tsunami.