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I often hear that tornadoes die when the RFD (Rear Flank Downdraft) strengthens and destroys their source of inflow... How do tornadoes get any inflowing updrafts when they are embedded in rain? How can they sustain themselves?

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  • $\begingroup$ I do not work in tornadoes but from what i know of mesoscale systems i think the updraft is quite significant and it maybe greater than the RFD sustaining the tornado. Somebody who has worked in this area can provide numbers $\endgroup$ – gansub Nov 14 at 4:58

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