The Unsolved Mysteries of Tornado Formation

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

In this short NASA documentary, storm researcher Tim Samaras describes how satellite imaging can help predict tornadoes. Because it's unclear exactly how various weather conditions come together to catalyze a tornado, it's hard to predict them more than 15 minutes in advance, Samaras says. He's hoping that the NOAA and NASA's GOES-R satellites will help change that. 

For more documentaries from NASA, visit http://www.nasa.gov/.

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