Tracking Killer Tornadoes

7:48 minutes

A series of tornadoes struck the central United States this week, including a powerful storm in Oklahoma that killed at least 24 people. Marshall Shepherd, the president of the American Meteorological Society, describes the ingredients of major tornadoes, and how they’re predicted.

Segment Guests

J. Marshall Shepherd

J. Marshall Shepherd is host of Weather Geeks and director of the Program in Atmospheric Sciences at University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

Meet the Producer

About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director and senior producer, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.