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Meteorology is a complicated science that requires sophisticated tools to study the atmosphere. These tools help scientists understand the unpredictable nature of the weather.

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How Weather Balloons Work

Have you ever wondered how weather stations gather all of their data? Even though technology for predicting the weather has improved, simple weather balloons do a lot of the hard work every day.


The Ultimate Thermometer Quiz

The Ultimate Thermometer Quiz

We use various types of thermometers for measuring the temperatures of various things. Take this quiz to see how much you know about thermometers. See more »

How Weather Balloons Work

How Weather Balloons Work

Weather balloons gather important data on behalf of weather stations. Learn how weather balloons work at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the Totable Tornado Observatory Worked

How the Totable Tornado Observatory Worked

The Totable Tornado Observatory, or TOTO, was an early meteorological effort to study tornadoes. Read how the Totable Tornado Observatory shaped storm study. See more »

How the Tornado Intercept Vehicle Works

How the Tornado Intercept Vehicle Works

Tornado chasers generally stay about a mile away from the tornado itself -- but not IMAX cinematographer Sean Casey. He has built a Tornado Intercept Vehicle and hopes to withstand a direct hit. Check it out. See more »