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Understanding Severe Weather (From the Safety of Your Computer)

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Severe weather is one of the most exciting of weather topics. It is also one of the most dangerous. Understanding the science behind severe weather events is both crucial to public awareness and safety.
  1. Thunderstorms
  2. Tornadoes
  3. Floods
  1. Droughts & Extreme Heat
  2. Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, & Typhoons
  3. Winter Weather

Thunderstorms

Multiple Lightning Strokes

A number of severe storm types are associated with the most basic of nature's storms--thunderstorms. Learn more about these any-time-of-the-year storms.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes are one of nature's most violent storms.

Floods

Red River Flooding: April 2011

Precipitation is necessary to sustain life, but prolonged periods of rain, or rains that come too hard and fast can overwhelm the ground's ability to absorb water, creating a life-threatening situation.

Droughts & Extreme Heat

Heatwaves and drought often go hand-in-hand. And unlike other events, their effects (which can include heat illnesses, crop failure, and food shortages) are felt more widely and for longer periods of time (on a timescale of months to years). It's no wonder, then, that they're considered among the costliest severe weather events to occur in the United States--both in terms of dollars and loss of life.

Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, & Typhoons

Hurricane Ivan 9/15/04

Learn about these monster storms that threaten U.S. soil every June to November.

Winter Weather

Ice, snow, and cold are beautiful, but also deadly. Raise your winter weather awareness with these articles.

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