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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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Typhoon

Typhoon, (from the Chinese taifung, great wind), a severe tropical cyclonic storm occurring in the western Pacific Ocean.

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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 »

  • Should you hang up your landline during a thunderstorm?

    Should you hang up your landline during a thunderstorm?

    If you're in a thunderstorm, then your top priority is safety. It might sound like a good idea to call your loved ones and let them know you're okay, but hold the phone a moment. See those lightning bolts outside? They've got other ideas. See more »

  • Should you unplug your electronics during a thunderstorm?

    Should you unplug your electronics during a thunderstorm?

    It would be nice if our electronic devices doubled as handy, lightning-proof talismans to ward off danger during a thunderstorm. Sadly, that sounds more like sorcery than science. In the meantime, maybe you should just leave them off and unplugged. 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 »

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