Tornadoes are violent wind storms capable of producing catastrophic destruction and mass casualties. In 2011, tornadoes killed over 500 people, while producing over $26 billion in losses in the United States alone. Even in years with lower-than-average tornado numbers, the threat of these severe storms to human life and property still exists. In response to this fact, these two sessions focus on trends in tornadoes---or tornado characteristics---with regards to changes in climate and changes in society. Research approaches will vary from quantitative to qualitative (or mixed) methods and research subjects will vary from tornado characteristics and environments to human interaction with tornadoes. Through these sessions, we hope to not only provide an overview of current research methods in tornado climatology and tornado-society interactions, but to create an environment conducive to the production of future research questions and potential collaboration efforts.
|Presenter||Tyler Fricker*, Texas A&M University, Surviving the storm: United States tornado fatalities in context||15||8:00 AM|
|Presenter||Kevin Ash*, University of Florida, Michael Egnoto, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Stephen Strader, Villanova University, Walker Ashley, Northern Illinois University, Kim Klockow-McClain, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies/National Severe Storms Laboratory, David Roueche, Auburn University, Expected Tornado Response and Protective Actions for Persons in Mobile and Manufactured Homes in the Southeastern United States||15||8:15 AM|
|Presenter||Kelsey Ellis*, University of Tennessee, Daniel Burow, University of Tennessee, Kelly Gassert, University of Tennessee, Lisa Reyes Mason, University of Tennessee, Megan Porter, University of Tennessee, Forecaster perceptions and climatological analysis of the influence of convective mode on tornado climatology and warning success||15||8:30 AM|
|Presenter||Jason Senkbeil*, University of Alabama, Improving Accessibility and Comprehsnion of Tornado Warnings for the Deaf Community||15||8:45 AM|
|Presenter||Zoe Schroder*, Florida State University, James B. Elsner, Florida State University, Estimating U.S. tornado numbers with environmental factors||15||9:00 AM|
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