Have you ever wanted to know what is actually used to track tornadoes? Every year the United States is hit by an average 1000 tornadoes. Tornadoes started back tracked back in 1953. Now today tornadoes are tracked by Doppler Radar, Lighting Imaging Sensor, Multiple Antenna Profiler Radar, Infrasound Detectors. But the main key factor in all of it is the tornado trackers themselves.
The Doppler Radar is used to track wind pattern so they can see if a tornado is coming or not. The Lighting Imaging Sensor was made by NASA, which is a satellite that tracks the amount of lighting high up in the atmosphere that we can not see. The more lighting the more chance of a tornado. The Multiple Antenna Profiler Radar is basically a back up to the Doppler Radar. It check to make sure that winds are right for a tornado. The Infrasound Detectors are instruments that track low frequency ultra-long wave sound that can travel really long distances and not lose strength as it goes out. For example, the Infrasound in New York can detect a tornado in California minutes before they even know it is going to hit and let California know.
But the most important part of tornado tracking is the tornado chasers themselves. There is one well known tornado chaser that has been on Television and even does live tornado chases on the internet while tracking a tornado. His name is Reed Timmer. Most tornado chasers have an extreme passion for extreme weather. Reed is no different, he witnessed a tornado at the age of 13 when he got it with golf ball sized hail in his front yard while a tornado was coming. Ever since then Reed has been all over the united states tracking tornadoes. He has a degree in Meteorology and in 2003 went for his PH.D in meteorology.
Over all I feel that since we have devices now days we have a better chance of surviving a tornado attack. I would say a much better chance than back in 1953 or even before that time. Having the instruments we do today and the information that we collect with it makes the extreme weather much easier to deal with and we know what processions to take when it hits. But that does not mean that we don’t have individuals who do not make it out of the tornadoes alive. We are not that far advanced in the system just yet, but I feel we will one day be there, but for now we do just fine.