April 13, 2015
This week’s On the Radio segment looks at a recent study by University of Iowa researchers who found a link between smoke from fires and tornado intensity. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
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A recent University of Iowa study has found that smoke from fires can contribute to the intensity of tornadoes.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
The study was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters earlier this year. The researchers examined how smoke affected a system of severe weather events which occurred on April 27, 2011. This system produced 122 tornadoes and caused 313 deaths across the southeastern United States. The study found that smoke particles in the atmosphere lowered the base of the clouds and affected the speed of the winds which increased the intensity of the tornadoes. The research was conducted using computer simulations.
CGRER co-director Greg Carmichael and CGRER postdoctoral fellow Pablo Saide were co-authors of the study, along with researchers from other University of Iowa departments, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and NASA.
For more information about tornadoes and for a link to the study visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.