Tornado Season 2011 continues with major multi-vortex twisters in Oklahoma and Midwest (video, maps, books)

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A gigantic tornado in Edmond / Piedmont Oklahoma City is captured live by a local television camera. The super size, multi vortex tornado cell was at at least half a mile wide. The tornado was part of a cluster that affected the entire Midwest for more than two weeks.

The 2011 tornado season is not the most destructive on record. According to the weather service, the statistics indicate that short of a major tornado incident by the end of the week, we still have to catch up withe some record years and their destructive effects:


— Tornadoes until May 24, 2011: >100.

— Average number of tornadoes in May during the past decade: 298.

— Record for tornados in May: 542, in 2003.

— Tornadoes so far in 2011: Approximately 1,000.

— Average number of tornadoes in a single year during the past decade: 1,274.

— Highest recorded number of tornadoes in a single year: 1,817, in 2004 .


— People killed in 2011 : 487.

— Highest recorded death toll in a single year: 519, in 1953.

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Map of Piedmont, OK and surrounding areas affected by tornadoes in May 2011

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Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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