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||James Elsner*, Florida State University, How to Forecast EF Damage Ratings||15||9:35 AM|
|Presenter||Kathleen Sherman-Morris*, Mississippi State University, Taylor Pechacek, Mississippi State University, Jason Senkbeil, University of Alabama, Darrin Griffin, University of Alabama, Tornado warning awareness, risk perception and response among people who are blind||15||9:50 AM|
|Presenter||Daniel Burow*, University of Tennessee, Kelsey Ellis, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Simultaneous Tornado and Flash Flood Events during Tropical Cyclones||15||10:05 AM|
|Presenter||Todd Moore*, Towson University, Observed changes to the climatology of tornado ingredients in the Great Plains and Southeast/Midwest regions of the United States||15||10:20 AM|
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