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NOVA: Deadliest Tornadoes

Joplin, Missouri post apocalyptic landscape after the April 2011 tornado outbreak that left a trail of destruction across the U.S.
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Joplin, Missouri post apocalyptic landscape after the April 2011 tornado outbreak that left a trail of destruction across the U.S.

Airs Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV + Wednesday, May 20 at 8 a.m. & Noon on KPBS 2 + KPBS Passport

In April 2011, the worst tornado outbreak in decades left a trail of destruction across the U.S., killing more than 360 people.

Why was there such an extreme outbreak? How do such outbreaks form? With modern warning systems, why did so many die? Is our weather getting more extreme — and if so, how bad will it get?

On this NOVA special, get a look at the science behind the 2011 outbreak, meeting those affected and the scientists striving to understand the forces behind the outbreak.

Could their work improve tornado prediction in the future? Learn how we all can protect ourselves and our communities in the future.

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