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What’s a nor’easter?

"Nor'easter" is one of those words that makes you think of an old mariner scanning the horizon for a pending storm. What does it really mean -- and why don't we say "northeaster"?

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  • 10 Biggest Snowstorms of All Time

    10 Biggest Snowstorms of All Time

    If you've ever lived in a northern climate, you know snowstorms -- and the damage they can cause -- quite well. Heavy snowfall is just one mark of a bad storm, but the biggest snowstorms of all time also brought strong winds and cold air. See more »

  • 10 Most Destructive Storms

    10 Most Destructive Storms

    Witch homicide aside, Dorothy was lucky that her home safely traveled to Oz after the tornado. Many people who lived through the storms on our list were left with nothing. See more »

  • 10 Myths About Lightning

    10 Myths About Lightning

    There's a thunderstorm brewing with some serious lightning. Fortunately you're safe in your car because of its rubber wheels. Or are you? And let's not get started on your rubber-soled sneakers! See more »

  • 10 Pieces of Disaster Safety Advice You Should Ignore

    10 Pieces of Disaster Safety Advice You Should Ignore

    There are certain steps you should take to protect yourself, your family and your home during a disaster. These are not those steps. See more »

  • 10 Ways Animals Supposedly Predict the Weather

    10 Ways Animals Supposedly Predict the Weather

    Next time the cat starts sneezing, should you look for your umbrella or check her out for allergies? There are many superstitions out there about animals and weather prediction. Which ones hold water, and which ones are for the birds? See more »

  • 10 Ways Technology Can Save People From Storms

    10 Ways Technology Can Save People From Storms

    A very strong storm doesn't automatically mean death or destruction. You can improve the odds of surviving intact with reinforcements to your home. Plus, scientists are improving their forecast methods. Let's look at high-tech and low-tech storm alerts. See more »

  • 10 Worst Nor’easters of All Time

    10 Worst Nor’easters of All Time

    What makes a nor'easter different from your run-of-the-mill winter storm? And which ones have done the most damage? See more »

  • Are you safe from lightning if it's not thundering?

    Are you safe from lightning if it's not thundering?

    Simon and Garfunkel. Peanut butter and jelly. Thunder and lightning. Some things are just better when they roll in pairs. But while we know that '60s folk singers and classic foodstuffs can also roll solo, what about these stormy BFFs? See more »

  • Are you safe from lightning if the skies are clear?

    Are you safe from lightning if the skies are clear?

    In the days of Ancient Greece, it was easy enough to chalk up a bolt from the blue to Zeus, the great curmudgeon of Mt. Olympus. But while Ancient Greeks probably never felt safe from their grumpy god, today we know a bit more about lightning safety. See more »

  • Are you safe from lightning if the storm hasn't hit yet?

    Are you safe from lightning if the storm hasn't hit yet?

    In the distance, storm clouds are gathering. The air feels alive — almost electric. Even the animals are getting restless. Yep, no doubt about it: a storm's brewin'. So should you stay and watch the light show, or should you take cover? See more »

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