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Science | Forces of Nature | Natural Disasters

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.


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 »

How Drought Works

 How Drought Works

Drought is a prolonged dry period due to a chronic shortage of rainfall in a region. Learn about the different types and causes of drought. See more »

 Where do hurricanes come from?

Where do hurricanes come from and how are they formed. Find out where hurricanes come from in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »