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Tornado in a bottle experiment offered insights into U of I doppler radar research

A Saturday event in Homewood gave children and adults a chance to “make a tornado” in a bottle with assistance from students with the University of Illinois’ Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

One bottle was filled with water and taped to an inverted bottle. Starting with the water in the top bottle, participants circularly swished the water. The two bottles became a funnel and the action created a spiral that replicated a tornado.

A Doppler on Wheels (DOW) vehicle was on exhibit Saturday in Homewood. The white disk uses radar to measure atmospheric changes. The truck also . . .

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Fall events

Saturday, Sept. 24

  • Homewood Fall Fest and Chili Cook-off, noon to 9 p.m. Chili tasting is open to the public for a donation from 3 to 5 p.m. Three live music performances, plus horse-drawn wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, crafts and other activities.

Saturday, Oct. 15

  • Dia de los Muertos in downtown Homewood. Details to follow.

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