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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?

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  • 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 »

  • How Tornadoes Work

    How Tornadoes Work

    A tornado is one of those amazing, awesome acts of nature that simply leaves you dumbfounded -- a huge, swirling, 200-mph beast of a storm that appears to have a mind of its own. See more »

  • Is hurricane intensity increasing?

    Is hurricane intensity increasing?

    Is hurricane intensity increasing? It all depends on who you ask. How have scientists come to so many different conclusions about the ferocity of these seasonal storms? See more »

  • Is there really a "calm before the storm"?

    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. See more »

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