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!
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:
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!
- NOAA Forecasting Tornadoes page
- Tornado FAQ (this is a very information packed site, so browse around for additional information too)
- Read this Excellent article about forecasting the 2013 Moore Ok tornado!
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.
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.