Title

An Analysis of Tornado Climatology in the United States with Special Reference to the 2013 Event in Moore, OK

Faculty Sponsor

Bharath Ganesh Babu

College

Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Geography and Meteorology

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Celebration Date

Summer 5-2-2015

Abstract

One of the most fascinating meteorological phenomena are tornadoes, which are difficult to predict and have the potential to be extremely destructive. By visualizing and analyzing the general spatial and temporal patterns of these convective events, a more complete understanding of their climatology can be gained in order to predict and account for damaging effects. Through exploring questions such as, “Where and when do tornadoes (significant and nonsignificant) occur the most?” and “Is there a spatial pattern to their climatology?” researchers are able to take past records and analyze spatial characteristics. Data from more than 50 years with the geographic location of tornadoes, intensity, path, date, time, etc. were utilized to study tornado climatology in the United States and, in particular, the spatial locations were examined. One specific tornado event from 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma was rated as EF5 and further examined through geospatial analysis and visualization tools.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Katelyn Zigner is a junior meteorology and geography double major with mathematics and digital media minors. She is particularly interested in climatology.

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