Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Tornadoes Wreak Havoc on Midwest

Posted: March 1, 2012

The 2012 tornado season has begun and Professor Samson's website has already posted 41 tornadoes over the past 48 hours (as of 3/1/12 4:15pm EST). Tragically, Wednesday's tornadoes claimed the lives of twelve people, with experts predicting that the United States will face a tough tornado season in 2012 (see source below).

To track twisters across the country and close to home, visit

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