Science Behind the News: Tornadoes

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Tornadoes are violent, twisting columns of air with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour that can tear communities apart. Josh Wurman, an atmospheric scientist, explains that tornadoes develop in a special type of thunderstorm called a supercell, but that there are still mysteries to unravel.

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Science Nation - Unraveling the Mysteries of Tornadoes

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Greg Carbin knows a lot about severe weather. He's a meteorologist at the storm prediction center, located just south of Oklahoma City in Norman, Okla. In a quiet room on the second floor of the National Weather Service building, meteorologists are standing guard twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, keeping an eye on weather systems that could unleash violent storms and tornadoes. The meteorologists issue storm watches as needed. For this and more Science Nation, go to...