Report: Virginia Tech student’s research could change tornado philosophy

Posted on: 7:35 am, May 16, 2012, by

A student at Virginia Tech who asked ”what if” now has the full attention of weather experts all over. 

This student says tornadoes, like the one that hit Pulaski last year, are more common than even experts think. 

Her research showed that sometimes tornadoes actually become long and tight as they drop down a mountainside, causing the cyclone to spin faster and become meaner. There’s evidence that happened in Pulaski, Virginia. That theory is called “Vorticity Stretching.”

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