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Large Model Tornado Built for The Weather Channel's New Science Series

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Model tornado built for The Weather Channel series "3 Scientists Walk into a Bar."
Model tornado built for The Weather Channel series "3 Scientists Walk into a Bar."

It's only a few days until the premiere of “Three Scientists Walk into a Bar” on The Weather Channel. One of the episodes that will be airing next Sunday night (barring any last-minute schedule changes) features the model tornado I mentioned in the previous post. It was one of the coolest things I did while helping with the show and I wanted to share a few details about it.

Model tornado prototype testing.I had built a small model tornado when I was about 11 years old and already understood the basics of what was needed. But Travis wanted something big, like gymnasium-sized BIG, so we had our work cut out for us. We studied models built by others and set up the test rig you see in the photo to the left.... continue reading »