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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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The Ultimate Thermometer Quiz

Thermometers are used to measure the temperature of all sorts of things, from a fever to the heat in an oven to the weather. Various thermometers exist with various scales for temperature measurement. Take this quiz to see how much you know about thermometers.


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 »