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Forecasting Tornadoes

With support from the National Science Foundation, computer scientist Amy McGovern at the University of Oklahoma is working to find answers to key questions about tornado formation. While video from storm chasers and data from Doppler radar can help meteorologists understand some aspects of tornadoes, McGovern is using supercomputers and known data mining, which finds patterns in very large datasets. In addition to studying real storms, McGovern and her team also create supercomputer simulations to analyze how constantly changing storm components interact. McGovern's ultimate goal is to come up with a reliable tornado forecasting system.