Science Behind the News: Tornadoes

Most strong and violent tornadoes in the world happen in the southeast, Midwest, and high plains in the United States, a region called tornado alley. Atmospheric scientists use vehicles outfitted with radar and other special instruments to track tornadoes and unravel their mysteries. Learning about these subtle differences in supercell thunderstorms help scientists forecast tornadoes more accurately and with fewer false alarms. With better forecasting and a better warning system, communities might be better prepared when the next tornado blows through town.