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The SCience
The Science of Tornadoes

Weather Service has 'no data' to support or refute theory
The National Weather Service in Nebraska does not have statistics to either refute or buttress a theory by Ted Fujita that southern Nebraska may be at increased risk for severe tornadoes.

Tornado chasing an increasingly popular leisure activity
They're out there again, hundreds and hundreds of them. It's a passion, they'll tell you. A rush of adrenaline. The thrill of the hunt.

Warning sirens fall short
Official says weather radios are more reliable
The man who makes emergency management his business says an outdoor warning system isn't ideal for making citizens aware when bad weather approaches.

1980 tornadoes' wake: By the numbers
Numbers sometimes tell a story better than words can. And the seven tornadoes that tore through Grand Island 13 years ago generated a lot of figures.

Meteorologists remember ...
'I've never seen anything like it,' says former NWS chief
When Don Davis came to work at the National Weather Service office at the Grand Island airport on June 3, 1980, little did he know that he would track the most severe storm ever to hit Grand Island.

The Fujita scale of tornadoes
Following is the Fujita Scale rating the intensity of tornadoes. It was developed by the late Dr. Ted Fujita, "Mr. Tornado," with the help of Allen Pearson, former director of the National Severe Storm Forecast Center in Norman, Okla.

NWS forecast for June 3, 1980, called for a 20 percent chance of precipitation
Following were the National Weather Service forecasts for June 3, 1980, as printed in The Independent on Monday, June 2, and Tuesday, June 3: