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How are tornadoes predicted?

Updated: 9/11/2023
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Forecasters use massive computer programs. Tornadoes form under certain conditions, and if forecasters see those certain conditions, they study the area more. However, these models cannot predict where a tornado will form, only regions where there is the potential for tornadoes. On the scale of individual storms scientists use Doppler radar to detect rotation within a storm. Depending on the signature this can either indicate the mesocyclone that produces a tornado, or the tornado itself.

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