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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.

Overview

 
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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. 

News

Tornado Watch

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

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Emergency Planning