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Learn More About Tornado Simulators

We live in the country with the most extreme weather - from blizzards to damaging winds and tornadoes. Living in Iowa, we see all of it.

StormTrack7 Meteorologist Eileen Loan talks about a tool at one Iowa university, which is helping scientists learn more about how buildings react to extreme winds. 

According to the storm prediction center, tornadoes have caused over 2.3 billion dollars of damage in Iowa between 1950 and 2016. Iowa State University professors and students are trying to lower that number. 

Iowa State University is studying the effect of damaging wind. Meteorology Professor William Gallus was called in to help design a tornado simulator.

"So, initially I was there to provide them with insight into the latest theories on what we think it takes in nature to get a tornado," said Professor Gallus. "And they used one of the designs, based on what I said, to create the tornado simulator. I created the tornado almost instantly from the start. 

Over the last 12 years, Iowa State projects have included several funded by the National Science Foundation and NOAA.

Iowa State is now starting to study how tornadic wind and how it affects high-rises and dome structures, such as bridges. 

CLICK HERE to read more about the professor behind building the machine. 

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