Tornadoes

 Fortunately, we do not have to deal with destructive tornadoes in Alaska (although a few small tornadoes HAVE happened in the state!) Watch the example videos below to give you an intro to this Hazard Topic!

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Science Topics and Resources for Tornado Hazards:

Week 1: Basic  science – follow the steps below to learn the basics. Week 1 assignments are given in the Case Study 1 page

1) Watch the video “How do tornadoes form?” from Scientific American:

Read the following sections on the Wunderground Severe Weather website:

2) Read information about thunderstorms and tornadoes from the NOAA Severe Storms Laboratory. Some of this information will be review from the readings above, but the articles tend to go into a little more detail about the science:

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Week 2: Forecasting tornadoes – follow the steps below to learn the basics. Week 2 assignments are given in the Case Study 1 page

1) Read about forecasting tornadoes – a tricky business!

Watch the following video about what Doppler Radar is

Watch the following video form the National Science Foundation about the next generation of tornado research

2)  Read a National Geographic Article about storm chasers and other researchers in tornado forecasting. Explore other links within.

3) I could not find a functional Torando hazards simulation game online. Navigate to the Case Study 1 page, play Stop Disasters! for another Hazard Topic (about 30 minutes), and then come up with ideas of how you could create a Stop Disasters! module for tornadoes.

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Week 3  and Case Study Report – Assignment is given on the Case Study 1 and 2 pages. For Case Study 2, you are required to provide one additional paragraph comparing and contrasting your two case studies disasters.