TWC’s Cantore, Forbes Walk Inside Virtual Tornado

By Brian Flood 

the-weather-channelThe Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore and tornado and severe weather expert Dr. Greg Forbes walked inside a virtual EF5 tornado – a first for national TV.

Using archived radar imagery, professors and students at Virginia Tech recreated the deadly 2013 tornado that ripped through Moore, OK in a 3D environment. This 3D simulation took place in the four-story “Cube” at the Institute for Creativity, Arts & Technology.

The experience allowed Cantore and Forbes to walk around and through the supercell to view the storm from every angle, with terrain, population and roads added for reference. Researchers at Va. Tech hope to advance to the point where they can input live radar data into the large-scale 3D environment.

Check out the video below: