New Evidence Shows Tornadoes Don’t Form The Way Scientists Have Always Thought

Casey bill offers more resources for disabled, older Americans during natural disasters

The first response when natural disasters like hurricanes or wildfires strike is for everyone to evacuate the area.  But that’s not always possible for more than 60 million disabled Americans.

Now, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) is introducing legislation to better equip first responders and others to save lives.

Casey’s proposal, called the READI (Readying Elders and Americans with Disabilities Inclusively) for Disasters Act would address several key problems. First, establish training and technical assistance disaster centers, places where first responders, public health and social agencies can get the tools and resources needed to save more lives. The top goal, according to the bill, is to reduce “deaths, injuries and losses from disasters.”

The education would also establish more uniform and expanded evacuation notifications and orders through American Sign Language, captions, and plain language on websites, instructional materials, and television and radio announcements, according to language in the bill…


New Evidence Shows Tornadoes Don’t Form The Way Scientists Have Always Thought

Composite image showing tornadogenesis. (JasonWeingart/Wikimedia Commons)

Historically, tornadoes have been thought to originate in the clouds, reaching turbulent fingers down to Earth. But now a team of climatologists has demonstrated that this ‘top-down’ model of tornadogenesis might actually be wrong.  Yep. Tornadoes, their research has found, form from the ground up.

Tornadoes can form surprisingly quickly, in just a couple minutes. That’s why capturing the birth of one isn’t exactly easy, especially near the ground where trees and houses can get in the way. Still, meteorologist Jana Houser from Ohio University has been chasing them for years…


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