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Inside the Tornado [electronic resource]

National Geographic Television & Film
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
More than 1,000 tornadoes touch down in the U.S. every year. While most people run away, one team of scientists heads straight for the action. This program follows their activities, with a primary focus on one team member, Tim Samaras. Viewers learn about the small, armored, camera-laden probes which have been placed by the team directly in the path of several twisters in order to gain potentially lifesaving information on tornado patterns and dynamics. One sequence shows what happens when a device positioned by Samaras is swept up 70 seconds later-the prelude to an astonishing pressure drop and the rapid destruction of a two-story farmhouse.
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26 min.
10 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Jan. 13, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Tornadoes: Weather Wildcats (1:04)
  • Storm Chasers (1:07)
  • Storm-Tracking Vehicles (1:09)
  • Storm in the Making (1:19)
  • Measurements Inside a Tornado (1:03)
  • Tornado Winds (1:14)
  • Core of the Tornado (1:11)
  • Tornadoes Need Warm, Moist Air (1:22)
  • Destructive Power of a Tornado (1:41)
  • Tornado Destruction (1:06)
  • Supercell Storms (1:00)
  • Radar Guides Storm Trackers (1:12)
  • Under the Storm Clouds (1:21)
  • Lightning Show (1:21)
  • Hailstone Damage (1:02)
  • Wake of a Storm (1:01)
  • Storm Trackers Lose Storm (0:52)
  • Tornado: Another Opportunity (1:00)
  • Large Tornado (1:08)
  • Escape from Giant Twister (0:59)
  • Killer Tornado (1:10)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2004.
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40773 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (26 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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