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Learning Storm Dynamics with a Virtual Thunderstorm
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
  • William A. Gallus, Jr., Iowa State University
  • Cinzia Cervato, Iowa State University
  • Carolina Cruz-Neira, Iowa State University
  • Galen William Faidley, Iowa State University
  • Rex Heer, Iowa State University
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The virtual supercell thunderstorm, scaled to match those commonly observed, can be viewed in a highly immersive CAVE™-like environment (a projection-based virtual reality environment) or on a desktop PC. The virtual storm represents an instant in time during the mature, roughly steady-state stage of a tornadic supercell, and includes such visually realistic features as a wall cloud, tornado, tail cloud, comma-shaped rain region, anvil cloud, mammatus, rear-flank downdraft clear slot, and shelf cloud. Audio representing the roar of the tornado, thunder, rain of varying intensity, and hail has been included.

This article is from Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 86 (2005): 162, doi:10.1175/BAMS-86-2-162. Posted with permission.

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William A. Gallus, Cinzia Cervato, Carolina Cruz-Neira, Galen William Faidley, et al.. "Learning Storm Dynamics with a Virtual Thunderstorm" Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Vol. 86 (2005) p. 162 - 163
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