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Fire Tornado in Colorado
March 23, 2014 | Weather Channel

Several firefighters were doing a controlled burn in Colorado when a fire tornado erupted and stirred hundreds of small tumbleweeds into a swirling inferno.

Natural Hazards of 2013
February 2, 2014 | USGS

USGS has a short review of how a variety of natural hazards influenced the United States during calendar year 2013.

Midwest Tornadoes
November 17, 2013 | CNN

Tornadoes have severely damaged several communities in Illinois and Indiana, and continue moving east. Several people have been killed and neighborhoods have been completely destroyed.

Pacific Ocean Temperatures Influence Tornado Activity
October 19, 2013 | University of Missouri

“Meteorologists often use information about warm and cold fronts to determine whether a tornado will occur in a particular area. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found that the temperature of the Pacific Ocean could help scientists predict the type and location of tornado activity in the U.S.” Quoted from the University of Missouri press release.

Tornadoes Moving Uphill Cause More Damage?
September 4, 2013 | Arkansas Newswire

While studying tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri researchers at the University of Arkansas discovered a few things that probably apply to all tornadoes…

* Tornadoes cause greater damage when they travel uphill.

* Tornadoes tend to climb toward higher elevations rather than going downhill.

* When a region is surrounded by hills, tornadoes skip or hop over valleys beneath and between these hills.

How to Survive During a Tornado
May 23, 2013 | Center for Disease Control

The Center for Disease Control has a collection of tornado resources. One is the instructions for “how to survive a tornado”. Persons who know what to do when an emergency arises have the greatest chance of survival.

2012 Natural Catastrophe Review
January 6, 2013 | Munich Re

Munich Re has posted a 58-minute webinar that reviews natural catastrophe events for the United States and worldwide.

In 2012, insured losses in the United States were about $58 billion – far above average for the 2000-2011 period.

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