May Thunderstorm Simulations

Kelvin Droegemeier, Ming Xue, Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS) model development group, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

This series of MPEG videos shows simulations of thunderstorms based on data gathered in Oklahoma in May 1995. The simulations highlight vortices formed in the thunderstorm as red clouds, as these areas have a high likelihood of forming tornados. The simulation also shows wind speed and direction, and the motion of the storm.

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Keywords: tornado, cyclone, twister, 3D, visualization, animation, simulation, thunderstorm, storm, funnel cloud, vortex