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Leigh Orf

Space Sciences & Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Adventures in ultra-high-resolution supercell modeling

Room 811 AOSS, February 1, 2016, 3:30 PM

Abstract

Tornadoes are among nature's most destructive forces. The most violent, long-lived tornadoes form within supercell thunderstorms. Tornadoes ranked EF4 and EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita scale that exhibit long paths are the least common but most damaging and deadly type of tornado. In this talk, results from numerical simulations of supercells containing violent, long-track tornadoes will be presented, focusing primarily on a 30 meter simulation of a supercell modeled within the 24 May 2011 El Reno, OK supercell environment. Preliminary results from a recent 20 meter simulation of the 24 May 2011 storm will also be presented, as well as some early attempts at modeling the 31 May 2013 El Reno storm that produced the widest tornado ever observed.



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