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Scientist in the Spotlight: Tornado Science with Peter Veals

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Life Gallery - Naturalist Lab

Join Meteorologist Peter Veals as he discusses the tangible science behind tornadoes and the thunderstorms that create them. Learn how convection and angular momentum these storms through hands-on demonstrations. Examine the instruments atmospheric scientists use in the field to study tornadoes. Peter will share pictures and videos from his very own storm chasing outings in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Learn the necessary ingredients for the creation of a tornado and wy they are uncommon here in Utah. 

Peter received his Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, which is considered to be the world's leading institution for the research of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. While attending OU, he chased numerous tornadoes, including a mile-wide EF-5 that struck El Reno, Oklahoma in 2011. Peter was a part of the program that trained Emergency Managers throughout the state on the impacts, forecasting, and behavior of severe weather. He is currently a Master's Student in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah, with his research focused on much calmer weather phenomenon: lake-effect snowfall.


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