In an effort to understand how, where, and when a tornado might form, storm-chasing scientists take equipment such as Doppler radar out into tornado-prone areas, hoping that their analysis of weather conditions is accurate and that they will be able to track a tornado as it develops. By gathering data about the weather conditions that exist just prior to the development of a tornado or a super-tornado, they hope to be able to develop more timely predictions and tornado warnings. Such data-collection may sound merely academic, but put to use by meteorologist, it has the potential to save lives. This NOVA site provides video, background text, and discussion questions.
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