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Global Disaster Management: Tornadoes

This research guide is a starting point for research into the management of global disasters. It supports Pitt classes and workshops like - Building Community Resilience to Global Hazards, as well as the Hazard SEES Team members and their research.

Andarko, Oklahoma tornado from May 3, 1999.  Click on image to enlarge.  This image, taken by a NOAA employee, is in the public domain.
What is a tornado?
A tornado is a narrow, violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground. Because wind is invisible, it is hard to see a tornado unless it forms a condensation funnel made up of water droplets, dust and debris. Tornadoes are the most violent of all atmospheric storms. [From NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory website]

Public Preparedness

Education outreach from U.S. federal agencies on tornado emergency preparedness:

Case Study: Joplin, Missouri Tornado

U.S. Tornadoes

The southern plains of the central U.S. is a high-frequency region for tornadoes termed the Tornado Alley. 


Tornado Watch

Tornado and severe thunderstorn watch from the Storm Prediction Center/National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration:

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Emergency Planning