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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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Cyclone, a system of winds in which air moves around a central area of relatively low pressure.

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  • 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 »

  • The Science of Storms

    The Science of Storms

    Storms can change lives in minutes. They can alter the landscape and raze homes in the blink of an eye. Why do storms spring up, and which ones are the most ferocious of all? See more »

  • The Ultimate Rainbow Quiz

    The Ultimate Rainbow Quiz

    You may think you know rainbows, but do you really know rainbows? HowStuffWorks.com is willing to bet you don't. We have more tidbits about refracted light than you've had hot meals, so step right up if you're feeling knowledgeable and prepare to get schooled in seven separate hues. See more »

  • Was there really a great flood?

    Was there really a great flood?

    Many cultures have a flood myth -- an ancient story of a deluge that swallowed the Earth. So could a great flood really have happened, and how would we be able to tell? See more »

  • What if I were struck by lightning?

    What if I were struck by lightning?

    Being struck by lightning is a little more complicated than a sudden collision with a flash of light from the sky. How can someone survive such a jolt? See more »

  • What’s a nor’easter?

    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"? See more »

  • Who were the first storm chasers?

    Who were the first storm chasers?

    When the weather radio sends the ominous signal that a tornado is near, most people run for cover. But some die-hard adventurers get their jollies by chasing these violent storms. Who started this dangerous hobby? See more »

  • Why are hurricanes with female names deadlier than ones with male names?

    Why are hurricanes with female names deadlier than ones with male names?

    The most damaging hurricanes usually have female names. Is this a case of gender bias, or is some other force at work? See more »

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