Our story focuses on the efforts of a team of scientists as they use high-resolution Doppler radar data to forecast severe thunderstorms in real time. Accompany tornado chasers as they race to get in position to witness the storms themselves.
Can technology help us tame nature's most violent tornadoes? Little on this earth can withstand the violent fury of an F5 tornado. A churning vortex with winds over 300 miles an hour, these tornadoes create immense swaths of death and destruction in a matter of seconds. But today, experts are exploring the supertwister's complex inner workings in bold new ways in the hopes of one day being able to accurately predict the occurrences of tornadoes. Armed with the latest high-tech mobile radar and computer technology as well as large amounts of courage, the world's top scientists and meteorologists take part in some of the most dangerous fieldwork imaginable. Operating just miles from ferocious twisters, they gather data and create forecasting models that may someday save countless lives. Join these fearless stormchasers as they untwist mysteries and close in on a breakthrough that may solve the puzzle of how these killer storms spawn and where they are likely to strike. And venture into America's "Tornado Alley" region from Texas to the Dakotas to witness some of the most shockingly intense tornado footage ever filmed.
ContentsDVD-ROM features: Teaching materials (PDF)
A link to the Nova Web site, pbs.org/nova.
Tornadoes -- Forecasting.
Tornadoes -- United States.
Tornadoes -- Computer simulation.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities.
|Publisher|| [South Burlington, Vt.?] :WGBH Boston Video,2004
|Other Titles|| Nova (Television program)
Hunt for the super twister
(Television producer and director)
Cox, Donna J.
Wilhelmson, Robert B.
Droegemeier, Kelvin Kay, 1958-
Bluestein, Howard B.
Lerner, Richard (Cinematographer)
Bacon, Michael, 1948-
Apsell, Paula S.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
Thomas Lucas Productions.
WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)
Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
WGBH Video (Firm)
Narrator, Gene Galusha ; featured experts, Tim Marshall, Gary England, Steve Weiss, Kelvin Droegemeier, Lou Wicker, Howie Bluestein, Josh Wurman.
Cinematographer, Richard Lerner ; storm photographer, Roger Hill ; computation/visualizations, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois ; editor, Lise Zumwalt ; senior science editor, Evan Hadingham ; music, Michael Bacon ; science and visualization consultant, Glen Romine.
Closed-captioned; described for the visually impaired.
Originally produced as an episode of the television series: Nova.
DVD; NTSC; Dolby digital.
1 videodisc (57 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.