Upturning Tornadoes

Upturning Tornadoes

Join atmospheric and environmental scientist Anton Seimon as he chases extreme weather in the United States' “Tornado Alley.” His research works to reduce the severity of tornado impacts on human lives by understanding and predicting them. Through the use of photographs, Doppler radar technology, data analysis, and crowdsourcing, he and a colleague discovered tornadoes may actually be born from the ground up instead of funneling down from the sky, as previously believed. Anton’s research is an important example of how simple observations of the natural world can lead to exciting discoveries.


5 - 12+


Earth Science, Meteorology

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Sarah Appleton, National Geographic Society, National Geographic Society
Last Updated

September 27, 2022

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