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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.

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  • Are you safe from lightning if you haven't heard thunder for 30 minutes?

    Are you safe from lightning if you haven't heard thunder for 30 minutes?

    Ah, lightning. Nothing like millions of volts of electricity skittering around your neighborhood to get the old heart rate up and send you scrambling for cover. Of course, no one can stay hidden forever, so when's it safe to come out? See more »

  • Can animals predict the weather?

    Can animals predict the weather?

    Can Fido predict an incoming tornado? If animals can predict the weather, do we stop trusting the weatherman and start visiting the zoo to get tomorrow's forecast? See more »

  • Can I get struck by lightning when I'm indoors?

    Can I get struck by lightning when I'm indoors?

    You’ve heard the warnings about thunderstorms: Stay out of the tub, unplug your TV and don’t call people from your land line. But can you really get struck by lightning while you’re inside? See more »

  • Can it really rain frogs?

    Can it really rain frogs?

    A heavy rain in which frogs come plummeting down isn't a pretty sight, but it happens more often than you'd think. Why do animals sometimes fall from the sky? See more »

  • Can you calculate how far away lightning struck by thunder?

    Can you calculate how far away lightning struck by thunder?

    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 »

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