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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 19: Tornado Analysis with Fluid Mechanic Techniques

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The way humans approach a particular day or a particular series of days is based on several different factors, one of which is the weather. It may influence our mood, our planned activities, and even our choice of clothing. When the weather becomes extreme, like in the case of tornados, its influence on these circumstances becomes increasingly greater. Tornados can affect the state of one’s home, the safety of loved ones, and in some cases an entire community’s future. For this reason, the ability to understand, analyze, and predict a tornado is vitally important. Fluid mechanics allows scientists to investigate conditions that indicate tornado formation, while also predicting its path and the damage it will likely cause. This analysis will look in particular at the Mulhall, Oklahoma tornado of May 3,1999. Investigation will be conducted using concepts of vorticity, deformation, streamline functions, and pressure fields used in fluid mechanics research.


Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library