The Science & Severity of Tornadoes

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Episode 25 34-minute listen

The Science and Severity of Tornadoes

Tornadoes — a phenomenon both fascinating and terrifying. In this episode, we delve into the mesmerizing science of these storms and the bravery of those who study and respond to them. Discover how tornadoes form, their devastating impacts and the crucial work of researchers and emergency responders who face these storms.
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Jeff Grabmeier
Grabmeier is senior director of research communications at Ohio State and has been a science writer at the university for more than 30 years. Grabmeier wrote an essay on the experience he discusses in this episode of living through a tornado.
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Jana Houser and Nicholas Kman
Houser specializes in radar analysis of tornadoes and the supercell thunderstorms that commonly produce them by using state of the art mobile radar observations. She served as a consultant on the film Twisters. Kman is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Kman’s clinical interest is in Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness. He serves as the Medical Manager for Ohio Task Force 1, FEMA Urban Search and Rescue.

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