How Do Tornadoes Form?

A quick explainer from storm chaser Tim Samaras 

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Tornadoes are complex and tough to predict but this short documentary from NASA is a good introduction to how they work. Researcher Tim Samaras explains how different weather systems collide across the central U.S. to create tornadoes. Satellite imagery and a "turtle probe" that Samaras designed help researchers identify where storms might occur. 

Alexis Madrigal's "Tornadoes in America: The Oklahoma Disaster in Context" has more on the science of the storm that hit Moore, Oklahoma.  

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

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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