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How scientists modeled a deadly tornado with an insanely powerful computer

Inside the creation of a supersize supercell simulation.

The real tornado that Leigh Orf based his simulation on claimed nine lives in 2011.

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Supercell thunderstorms are giant tempests with powerful rotating updrafts at their cores—and one out of every four or five spawn tornadoes. Most of these twisters are little, but some can grow fierce. To predict the rare killers, and thus give more targeted warnings

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