Joplin tornado spawns research among engineers, scientists

OPLIN, Missouri — Tornado research has surged since a massive twister destroyed much of Joplin and killed 161 people. Engineers, meteorologists and social scientists have published almost 800 peer-reviewed studies about tornadoes over the past five years, The Joplin Globe reports. David Roueche, a doctoral student in wind engineering at the University of Florida, said…

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On May 22, a three-quarter-mile-wide tornado carved a six-mile-long path through Joplin, Missouri, killing 160. Unable to escape, two dozen strangers sought shelter in a gas station’s walk-in cooler while the funnel ripped apart every building, car, and living thing around. This is their story. Ruben As he rushes from the rear to the front…