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Ivy MacDaniel

I am a junior physics major with a mathematics minor. I love the weather, especially thunderstorms, tornadoes, and tropical cyclones. My hobbies outside weather are chess, drawing, and outdoor activities. I am a trained storm spotter.

Looking back on 2018-19 academic year

Since it’s April crunch right now as finals approach, I felt that this would be my last article for 2018-19 academic year since I have so much going on this month. Also, I am sure that a lot of you have so much happening this month, especially with the final ...

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My thoughts on lawsuit against The Weather Channel

There was major weather-related news that came up recently, and it was about $125 million lawsuit against The Weather Channel, according to BBC News. There was more to the lawsuit itself. First of all, three storm chasers were killed in a collision in Spur, Texas on March 28, 2017. Two ...

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EF4 or EF5? Personal thoughts on controversy

Last week, I discussed some interesting examples of violent (EF-4/5) tornadoes, and I am going over them again for a different reason. This time, some cases will be explored a bit in regards to controversy with whether a tornado in question should be rated EF4 or 5. Before going further, ...

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Not all ‘violent’ tornadoes are monsters

One of the curious things I have encountered is Americans’ fascination into tornadoes is that tornadoes are virtually present in so many works of American literature, films, art and history. It makes sense in a way since an average of roughly 1,000 tornadoes occurred yearly in the United States while ...

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Most expensive weather-related disasters since 1980

Now, it is still early in 2019, but there have not been many significant weather events so far. However, the cost of disasters rack up every year. The total of all $241 billion disasters from 1980 to 2018 was $1.6 trillion according to NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). ...

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Let the TV meteorologists do their jobs

One recent incident I came across that I wanted to address was from last Wednesday and early Thursday morning, when raining showers and storms by the stalled warm front dumped 3 to 7 inches of rain at and around Nashville metro areas, according to an estimation from NWS Nashville. Two ...

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