Earth System Science Center and Department of Atmospheric Science at The University of Alabama in Huntsville

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Coming up next:

Wednesday, February 11th

Sarma Rani (University of Alabama in Huntsville)
“Stochastic Theories for particle Pair Dynamics in Isotropic Turbulence”

Visit Coordinator: U. Nair

Previous Seminar:

NASA/UAH Earth and Atmosphere Science Seminars 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

12:45 pm;   Room 4078

How to Make a Tornado:  Ideas Emerging from Decades of Theory, Simulation, and Field Observations


Paul Markowski

Penn State University


The mechanisms of tornadogenesis within atmospheric convection, particularly supercell thunderstorms, which are responsible for virtually all strong tornadoes, will be examined.  Also discussed will be some of the ideas emerging from the recently completely Second Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment (VORTEX2).  Directions for future research will also be addressed.


Visit Coordinator:  Kevin Knupp

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