Posted November 21, 2017 09:38 am

Climate Cinema: Twister

 

Come join us for the third (and last) movie this semester for our Climate Cinema Series hosted by the TTU- Climate Science Center. This coming Tuesday night at 7:30 pm at the Alamo Drafthouse, we explore the creation of tornados in the best tornado movie ever created: "Twister".

 

Tornados come in many shapes and sizes. A tornado is a narrow, violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground. Because wind is invisible, it is hard for us to see it unless it forms a condensation funnel made up of water droplets, dust, and debris. Here in the United States, on average, about 1000-recorded tornadoes are formed every year. Tornadoes kill about 80 people and injure 1,500 every year. Even our home-town Lubbock is no stranger to tornados phenomena. In May 11, 1970, a day that many of Lubbock residents will never forget, an F5 tornado (the strongest in Fujita scale) destroyed many parts of the city and killed 26 people and injuring 500 more. This year alone, 38 people have lost their lives due to tornados, four of them in Texas.

 

While our ability to predict the occurrence of tornado improved over the years, we still do not fully understand how tornadoes form. We know that our climate is changing and getting warmer, but we still do not know if climate change will affect the tornado frequency, intensity, or even the geographic range where they are most likely form.

 

Join us after the movie for a discussion with Dr. Christopher Weiss from Texas Tech University. Tickets are available through the Alamo Drafthouse website.