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Unpredictable forces of nature like tornadoes and hurricanes can have a devastating impact on humans and our environment. Learn how natural disasters work and how science aims to better predict them.

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5 Most Bizarre Year 2012 Predictions

As the clock ticks closer to Dec. 21, 2012, discussion regarding what exactly will happen to the world and human civilization continues to heat up. What are some of the wackier conspiracy theories about the year 2012?


Can you really outrun a tornado?

Can you really outrun a tornado?

A tornado warning has just been activated in your area. Should you hunker down or drive away? Find out whether you can outrun a tornado at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can you really outrun a volcano?

Can you really outrun a volcano?

In the movies it looks so easy. But can you really outrun a volcano? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Could you really outrun a blast of deadly cold?

Could you really outrun a blast of deadly cold?

You're on a winter hike when an icy blast swoops in. Could you really outrun a blast of cold air? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Could Seahawks fans cause a major earthquake?

Could Seahawks fans cause a major earthquake?

Seattle Seahawks fans have been excited about their team, but could they cause an earthquake? Find out if football fans can cause an earthquake. See more »

10 Worst Hurricanes of All Time

10 Worst Hurricanes of All Time

Do you know which hurricanes are considered the worst of all time? Find out about the most destructive hurricanes at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Does severe weather hype make people under-react?

Does severe weather hype make people under-react?

Does severe weather hype make people under-react? Find out whether the media hype surrounding severe weather makes people under-react. See more »

Why do people buy up all the bread and milk before a storm hits?

Why do people buy up all the bread and milk before a storm hits?

Why do people buy up all the bread and milk before a storm hits? Learn why people choose to buy perishable items like bread and milk before a storm. See more »

Did global warming cause Hurricane Sandy?

Did global warming cause Hurricane Sandy?

Did global warming cause Hurricane Sandy? Learn about the connection between Hurricane Sandy and global warming. See more »

Hurricane Sandy, October 2012

Hurricane Sandy, October 2012

Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast of the United States on Oct. 29, 2012. See pictures of the extensive flooding and damage Hurricane Sandy caused. See more »

How Fire Tornadoes Work

How Fire Tornadoes Work

Fire tornadoes occur when heat, ash and fire get swept up in a spinning mass of air. Learn about the phenomenon of fire tornadoes. See more »