9 Applications of Statistical Mechanics of Vortex Gases to Tornadogenesis

Monday, 3 November 2014
Capitol Ballroom AB (Madison Concourse Hotel)
Douglas P. Dokken, University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN; and P. Bělík, K. Scholz, M. M. Shvartsman, C. K. Potvin, B. A. Dahl, and A. McGovern

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Based on recent radar observations we investigate the possible fractal nature of vortex behavior relevant to tornadogenesis using ideas from statistical mechanics, including the notion of a vortex gas in two and three dimensional context.
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