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The Science of a Tornado

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Tornados can be a complicated and mysterious thing, but this morning Dr. Adnan Akyuz, North Dakota State Climatologist and Professor at NDSU, broke down the science of how tornados work and why they do what they do.

Starting with the Coriolis effect, showing the rotation on the earth and how the force can cause moving objects on the surface of the Earth to be deflected in a clockwise motion in the Northern Hemisphere and in a counter-clockwise motion in the Southern Hemisphere.

Akyuz, also used his "tornado machine" to demonstrate how a tornado lives and breaths. Showing how the elimination of inflow or just one ingredient needed to create a tornado can kill it.

Akyuz, then demonstrated the use of bicycle helmets as "tornado helmets," an idea he developed, and has since gained national attention from such organizations as the CDC, who's thinking of making it standard tornado sheltering practice.

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