Features of the Raleigh Tornadic Storm Based on Analysis of Damage
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A computer model was devised to simulate damage patterns caused by a tornado. Results from this model were examined and compared to the actual damage. By manipulating the input values so the output graphs look similar to the actual damage, the magnitude and direction of the ambient wind, and the location of microbursts, could be estimated. The results suggest the tornado was accompanied by ambient winds of at least 20 ms, and microbursts in all quadrants relative to the tornado motion except the left front quadrant. The results, as well as the distribution of the damage itself, suggest that the intensity of the damage was increased by the presence of microbursts interacting with the tornado.