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Storms are a meteorological event that can be studied to advance the science of meteorology. The study of storms can potentially save lives as scientists gain a better understanding of their nature. Learn more about storms here.
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Is there really a "calm before the storm"?

The birds stop chirping, and the wind chimes are silent. This eerie calm that's invaded your neighborhood is just a temporary pause before the shrills and shrieks of the incoming storm.

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  • Can you calculate how far away lightning struck by how long it takes for the thunder to arrive?

    Can you calculate how far away lightning struck by how long it takes for the thunder to arrive?

    You may have heard that you can figure out how far away lightning is by how long it takes for the thunder to arrive after you see the flash. Is this true? How do you calculate it? See more »

  • Could the Northwest Passage open for business?

    Could the Northwest Passage open for business?

    For 500 years, explorers searched for the fabled Northwest Passage, a route that connected the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Could global warming reduce the risk and open the passage for modern business? See more »

  • How could it rain for 45 straight days?

    How could it rain for 45 straight days?

    For three years, ending in the spring of 2007, the state of Texas experienced a terrible drought. When a large storm system settled over the state late that spring, many Texans rejoiced. But then the rain continued. And continued. For 45 days, it didn't stop. See more »

  • How do rescue teams search a flooded city?

    How do rescue teams search a flooded city?

    When a hurricane or flash flood strikes a city, it can leave residents stranded in their cars, homes or other buildings waiting for rescue. How do rescue teams know where to go first? See more »

  • How do trees affect the weather?

    How do trees affect the weather?

    We all know it's a little cooler under a shady tree. But do trees have an effect on the five-day forecast, or even the global climate? See more »

  • How Dust Storms Work

    How Dust Storms Work

    Though they're outranked by other, more dangerous natural phenomena, dust storms can still do serious damage to life and property. What causes these massive storms? See more »

  • How far in advance should I check the weather forecast?

    How far in advance should I check the weather forecast?

    Whether you're planning an outdoor wedding or a Saturday morning tag sale, it's nice to know ahead of time what the sky is going to do. But does checking the 10-day forecast do any more good than praying for sunshine? See more »

  • How Meteorology Works

    How Meteorology Works

    Before barometers and thermometers, people looked to the land and local lore to predict rain or shine. Have sophisticated statistical models and measuring tools changed the art of forecasting the weather that much? See more »

  • How Rainbows Work

    How Rainbows Work

    Rainbows are one of nature's most beautiful effects. Have you ever wondered how the colors end up in seemingly perfect bands? And, what about double rainbows -- how does that happen? Find out how rain and sun can align to put color in the sky. See more »

  • How Storm Chasers Work

    How Storm Chasers Work

    If a tornado was heading your way, you'd probably head for the hills. But for some people, it's just the beginning of a chase. See more »

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