Forces of Nature
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.
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Bluebirds symbolize optimism, happiness and hope for the future. For skiers, a "bluebird day" bodes well for a great day on the slopes, but hunters and anglers may as well stay home.
Where is tornado alley and why do so many tornadoes form there?
Tornadoes are some of the most destructive storms on the planet. Rating them is complicated and uses a scale applied to the storms' aftermath.
By Mitch Ryan
Not to be confused with sleet, graupel is actually an interesting mix of snow and ice. But it's not hail. Graupel, get to know it.
Flash droughts start and intensify quickly over periods of weeks to months, compared to years or decades for conventional droughts.
California has experienced unprecedented rain lately, but the state is still in a drought. So why can't the rain falling now be saved for later?
Learn about Hurricane Julia's origins, its impact, and its place in the history of tropical storms and hurricanes.
A geomagnetic storm could cause a spectacular aurora borealis Aug. 18 and 19 over parts of the continental United States, as far south as Illinois.
By Sarah Gleim
Weather drones can collect all types of information. But one sophisticated drone is about to launch in the U.S. and will, for the first time, share that data for research purposes.
These intense snowstorms can come out of nowhere. They may not last long, but their rapid snowfall and whipping winds can make them disastrous.
By John Donovan
When the wind starts whipping and the weather gets wild, it's important to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
By Carrie Tatro
In 2014, scientists observed a space hurricane for the first time; they reported their findings this year. But what's a space hurricane — and do we on Earth have to worry about with them?