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Tornadoes put technology to work

Madison, Wis. - There is nothing that could have been done to avert the 26 tornadoes that swept through Wisconsin last Thursday. But thanks to technology, warning systems for such storms and aftermath clean-up efforts are vastly improved.

The 26 F3-grade tornadoes that swept through the south central and western parts of the state set a record for the number of tornadoes here in on......

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"What is happening is that with the Doppler radar you're not really seeing the tornado, you're detecting the signature of the precipitation going away from one direction and coming toward another - the rotation of the cell," Hopkins said.

A tornado is tougher to detect than a normal storm, however, since by the time it is within radar......

Full article >>> itions. First-order stations and airports record temperature, humidity and wind speed of the storm and send it in to a main researcher, allowing mesoscale models to be updated almost instantly.

The technology does have its limitations, however, especially in areas like Wisconsin where tornadoes don't happen very often and are not relatively strong. The tornadoes that happened last week we......

Full article >>> ool for evaluate and repair the damages is a satellite-equipped RV connected directly into the insurance provider's mainframe. Inside that RV, claims adjusters can look up the policies held in that region, directly take claims from residents and access television and Internet reports on the weather.

Ken Muth, media relations director for American Family Insurance, said that since the stor......

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