We see the destruction that the Earth can unleash in the news on a regular basis. Here you can learn about hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and other forces of nature.
Lightning Deaths in the US Are Way, Way Down
As Earth's Climate Changes, Is It Time to Redefine the Four Seasons?
Why King Tides Are Flooding Coastal Cities More Often
Marijuana Farmers Hit Hard by California Wildfires
Is climate change to blame for king tides flooding coastal cities more often? Some scientists say yes.
By John Perritano Oct 17, 2017
California cannabis farmers could lose everything in the wildfires.
By John Perritano Oct 16, 2017
New research digs into historic volcano fatalities to explore how, where and whom a volcano is most likely to kill.
By Jesslyn Shields Oct 12, 2017
In the mid-20th century, lightning strikes killed hundreds of Americans each year. Now, that number's dropped to only a few dozen. What's changed?
By Patrick J. Kiger Sep 20, 2017
When a major storm is barreling down, the reasons why some people choose to shelter in place are complicated.
By John Perritano Sep 14, 2017
Words matter when talking about those seeking shelter from the storm. What's the difference between hurricane evacuees and refugees?
By Patrick J. Kiger Sep 12, 2017
Historic Hurricane Irma is being supercharged by the effects of climate change heating Earth's oceans.
By Ian O'Neill Sep 9, 2017
'You really can't describe to anybody what it's like to sit through a hurricane,' says Ruth Clark, who lived through Hurricanes Camille and Katrina.
By Dave Roos Sep 7, 2017
Hurricanes are the strongest storms on the planet. How we categorize them has helped save lives.
By John Perritano Sep 7, 2017
The four seasons experienced by Earth's midlatitude regions are being gradually altered by global warming — but a climate expert says they won't completely go away.
By Patrick J. Kiger Aug 28, 2017
A new model describes in more detail how the Chicxulub asteroid affected our planet, from dropping temperatures to pausing photosynthesis, with soot playing an integral part.
By Jesslyn Shields Aug 24, 2017
Researchers studying tornadoes use a common theory of economics to determine casualty rates.
By John Perritano May 30, 2017
Very specific atmospheric conditions and just the right perspective are necessary to see the phenomenon.
By Patrick J. Kiger Apr 11, 2017
Polar temperatures are changing more rapidly than equatorial ones, making the jet stream slower and wider, and extreme events longer-lasting.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 31, 2017
Explosive solar events are bad news for Earth, so it's good to keep an eye on space weather. Newly discovered "Rossby-like" waves could help them out with that big job.
By Ian O'Neill Mar 29, 2017
We've all seen shots of meteorologists fighting gale-force winds to report on storms. So just how high can the winds get before the reporters are knocked off their feet?
By John Perritano Mar 16, 2017
Earth's atmosphere used to be full of toxic hydrogen, but a brief period of methane smog cleared the way for valuable oxygen to set up shop.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 15, 2017
Midwestern night owls got a meteoric surprise this week.
By Jonathan Strickland Feb 6, 2017
The atmosphere protects those of us here on land from cosmic radiation. So what about those who spend time above the clouds?
By Patrick J. Kiger Feb 6, 2017
Researchers from Montreal's Concordia University have figured out why the air inside a tornado vortex is cooler and less dense than the surrounding air.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 24, 2017
As Hurricane Matthew continues its deadly tour of the East Coast, HowStuffWorks Now explore all the ways these mega-storms can take you out.
By John Donovan Oct 7, 2016
What happens when two unpredictable storms show up to dance? And what about when one finally heads out to sea — then abruptly turns inland again for a one-two punch?
By Jesslyn Shields Oct 6, 2016
Weather bombs have produced some of the most destructive storms on record. So what is one exactly?
By Julia Layton Sep 20, 2016
Herd animals stick together, but when there's a lightning storm, there may not be safety in numbers.
By Laurie L. Dove Sep 2, 2016
It's every evil mad scientist's dream. Could it ever be a reality?
By Julia Layton Aug 9, 2016
Robotic Camera Can Scan Entire Sky in Just Three Nights
Meet Violet Jessop — Survivor of Three Shipwrecks
Was Amelia Earhart Eaten by Giant Land Crabs?