Understanding Severe Weather (From the Safety of Your Computer)
By Tiffany Means, About.com Guide
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.
- Thunderstorm Facts: Climatology, Ingredients, and Stages
- What's a Dry Thunderstorm?
- What's an Anvil Cloud?
- 10 Most Dangerous States for Lightning Strikes
- Thunderstorm & Lightning Safety
Tornadoes are one of nature's most violent storms.
- How Do Tornadoes Form?
- Measuring Tornado Strength - the Fujita Scale
- The Oldest Known Tornado Photo
- The Deadliest Tornadoes
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
Learn about these monster storms that threaten U.S. soil every June to November.
- Naming Hurricanes - An Overview
- Dangers of a Passing Hurricane
- What's a Storm Surge?
- Hurricane Vocabulary
Ice, snow, and cold are beautiful, but also deadly. Raise your winter weather awareness with these articles.
- Why is Snow White?
- Can Snow Be Other Colors Besides White?
- Why are Winter Weather Forecasts So Hard to Get Right?
- Lake Effect Snow
- Snow Vocabulary