Four tornadoes

I have an undergraduate student working with me this summer as part of a "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" program sponsored by the NSF. The proejct is to determine the predictability of tornadoes by storm type. This involves quite bit of front-end work to be able to classify storms from radar images and so, like much scientific research these days it involves a lot of staring at computer screens.

It was good, therefore, that he got to go out tornado chasing yesterday. Better still that he came in all excited this morning -- most tornado chases are futile. They saw four tornadoes yesterday afternoon in Major county, he told me breathlessly.

He was sure that no one in his small college in Vermont had ever seen a tornado.

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