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Simulation Helps Scientists To Predict Tornadoes


We here at Elephant Safe Rooms are always interested in the cutting edge science involved in meteorology. The National Weather Service is constantly doing research in the field of severe storms, because they pose a constant looming threat to every citizen in the nation and the world moreover. Several articles we’ve researched on the blog have been about their findings. However, occasionally we find something by a university or lab that is too interesting not to share. This interesting footage above is a computer simulation created by scientists to better understand a severe storm that gave birth to many tornadoes. This storm in particular was a super-cell that spawned tornadoes in Oklahoma. The strongest tornado that it created was known as “El Reno,” and has been the subject of study for many institutions because of it’s ferocious nature. The computer simulation above is very telling for the scientists. It allows them to create hypothesis they can test with future simulations with the same or modified parameters to determine how or why certain severe storms produce more tornadoes than others. This is important for our industry because of the increasing curiosity of new severe storms.

Elephant Safe Rooms Still Wants You to Be Safe

Our Safe Rooms including panel kits were tested with debris impacts per the Test Protocol 4, with impacts that relate to a 250 mph ground speed Tornado.  All testing was conducted at Texas Tech University and all units we currently manufacture were certified to the ICC-500, FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 specifications. So for us, we’re not worried about whether or not our safe rooms can effectively protect our customers from severe storms or tornadoes. What we are worried about is where our safe rooms are not being installed and where people are in areas that have increased levels of danger. We want to get our safe rooms to the areas where people need them, what we’ve found is that every state in the nation is in danger of tornadoes. The increasing number of severe storms are threatening all areas of the country with more tornadoes. The video above is proof of an expanding effort to understand how to predict where these tornadoes are going to be. As of currently, there’s no efficient way to prevent a tornado. It’s scary to think of how incredibly powerful they are and how powerless we are to stop them. What we do here is attempt to mitigate some of that stress and give our customers peace of mind.

If you’ve already bought a safe room, then we’ve still got some peace of mind for you. The scientists that created the simulation above are working diligently to create a better warning window for people to enter their safe rooms. The benefit of having one is obviously how quickly you can protect yourself in case of a rogue tornado. With this university’s findings, you’ll be able to protect yourself with even more peace of mind by reducing your levels of panic in emergency scenarios. Eventually. When asked about the findings the lead researcher Leigh Orf said, “We are just starting to reallly dig into the data so we lack definitive results at this time. [However,] we also found that tornado formation was associated with many smaller ‘mini-tornadoes’ merging along the forward flank downdraft boundary before the main tornado formed. We think that these vortices may play a key role in getting the tornado to form.” Time will tell, but while you wait why not protect yourself with an underground bunker from Elephant Safe Rooms? Now, and in the future?

Storm Safe Rooms:

ELEPHANT-STORM-SHELTER-6x18-1500pxStorm safe rooms offer maximum protection from tornadoes. They are installed underground with 6’ wide dimensions. For access, you have the option of a stairway, or an overhead hatch with a ladder. A secondary entry point can also be added for additional security in case debris is blocking one of the escape hatches. These bunkers are able to accommodate anywhere between 6 and 26 people depending on your safety needs. 12 gauge steel protects against tornado force wind speeds. Sheltered air vents filter out debris to allow air into the space.