The Tornado Scientist: Seeing Inside Severe Storms

By Mary Kay Carson

The Tornado Scientist

Illustrated By Photographer Tom Uhlman

Added November 30, 2020

Robin Tanamachi has been captivated by tornadoes and extreme weather her entire life. When she realized people researched weather for a job, she was hooked. She now studies tornadogenesis, or how tornadoes form, and what causes them to get weaker versus strengthen. For her, driving around in a Doppler radar truck aiming towards storms is a normal day in the office. The data she collects is then modeled and studied on computers– with math, physics, and computer science working hand in hand with meteorology. At the end of the day, knowing exactly how, when, and where these violent storms happen can give more warning time for everyone involved. Visit Mary Kay Carson's website. Book jacket image and book description courtesy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Used with permission. The readers' toolkit is in development.

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