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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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