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Hunt for the Supertwister

Tornado-chasing scientists with an eye to better forecasting plumb the secrets of nature's most terrifying killer.
Runtime: 52:36Topic: Planet EarthPlanet EarthNova

(Program not available for streaming.) On May 3, 1999, one of the most powerful tornadoes ever recorded carved a path of complete destruction near Oklahoma City. To scientists, the supertwister held sobering lessons about the future for rapidly expanding cities in tornado-threatened areas. Most tornadoes form suddenly and with little warning. But now meteorologists are on the verge of a breakthrough that may solve the puzzle of how these killer storms spawn and where they are likely to strike. NOVA follows stormchasers as they probe the tornado's deadly secrets.

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Additional funding for "Hunt for the Supertwister" is provided by Intel Corporation and the University of Illinois.

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