Beautifully Recreated Digital Disaster

A tornado can give you goose bumps that you just cannot stop. It has the world at its feet, literally! Tornado is found in most part of world today due to the changing climatic conditions. The U.S. is one of the most commonly tornado struck regions.

The constant tornados in the regions have encouraged the scientist Leigh Orf from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies of the University of Wisconsin to look into the concerning matter. To get detailed and intense information regarding this dark tunnel of destruction is something next to impossible. But, the current advancement in the field of technology and science has helped build tools such as the supercomputers in order to get the things next to impossible right.

Beautifully Recreated Digital Disaster

According to Orf, the E1 Reno is a tornado that had the world sent into shock due to the destruction it had caused in May 2011. This tornado was considered to be made up of a bundle of small tornados, which a covered a path of destruction of about 63 Miles. The strength of E1 Reno was something that we couldn’t even imagine. Hence, he discovered something called the “Streamwise Vorticity Current” theory, which means a wind that helps sustain the bigger storms as this.

Though the tornado is confusing puzzle, it is waiting to be solved. The recreation of the superstorms with superb accuracy can help study the wind shear, moisture content, instability, and power present in the swirling storm. In order to study the tornado in depth, a conventional computer isn’t enough. Hence, the use of a supercomputer to collect such massive data is what Orf believed to be right. He therefore used the “Blue Waters Supercomputer” from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications present in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to collect the answers for the superstorms ferocity. It can prove to be a game changer in the coming years. The fast data capture can help join the tornado puzzle regarding wind shear and climatic changes.

Future awaits to get their answers through this digital recreation.

Post Author: Tushar Imade

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