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Track a Tornado

Ashley Maupin. Photo by Andrea Gibson/Ohio University.

Ashley Maupin. Photo by Andrea Gibson/Ohio University.

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On Sunday, May 22, 2011, an EF5 tornado touched down in Joplin, MS. Fueled by the wrath of winds in excess of 200 mph and spanning ¾ of a mile wide, the tornado blew across a 6-mile trajectory before dissipating, rendering it one of the deadliest and most damaging tornadoes in U.S. history.

The storm left a path of death, rubble and carnage, and the area is still being rebuilt to this day. It’s this rebuilding process that Ashley Maupin, an Ohio University undergraduate studying Geographic Information Sciences and Meteorology, is tracking. Via satellite imagery, Maupin can determine just how powerful this tornado was, how much damage it did, and how much rebuilding has yet to be done.

 

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