Thunderstorm and Tornado

Authored by: David Etkin , Kaz Higuchi , George Platsis

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698


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Severe weather, including thunderstorms and tornadoes, contributes to disasters in many parts of the world. Extreme weather features such as hail, strong and gusty winds, downbursts, lightning, heavy rainfall and tornadoes can cause great damage to agriculture, homes and infrastructure, along with injury and death to people and livestock. As well, some of the major aviation disasters in the world have been associated with thunderstorm downbursts, which can produce tornado-like winds. This chapter describes some basic fundamental physical understandings and social responses to severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

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