Stunning Supercell & Tornado 3D Rendering

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a long history of utilizing, analyzing, and perfecting the science of satellite meteorology as part of the Space Science Engineering Center.

Using supercomputers, a team lead by UW-Madison CIMSS researcher Leigh Orf, successfully recreated a monstrous supercell that produced several tornadoes in 2011, one of which registered as an EF-5 and touched down near El Reno, Oklahoma.

Below is the 3-dimensional rendering of the supercell and attendant tornadoes.  As stunning as the movie is, the most exciting part of this is the science behind it.  Check it out, and then read about how Dr. Orf designed the most detailed supercomputer models of a tornadic thunderstorm ever produced.

Mike Augustyniak