I'm working on a new theory of tornadoes based on the principles of plasma physics. This theory basically states that supercell thunderstorms are negatively-charged toroidal plasmoids, and that tornadoes are dark discharges of positive ions responding to the electrostatic potential between the supercell and the Earth.
I have written two introductory papers:
Part 1: http://www.thunderbolts.info/thunder...guest_chch.htm
Part 2: http://charles-chandler.org/Geophysi...og/index2.html
If you're still curious, and willing to slog through a 80-page paper (with lots of images and references) that lays out the full detail, have a look here:
I'm really interested in comments and criticisms on this work, and if anybody has ideas about other sources of which I should be aware, please let me know.