When I was five, I was repeatedly falling off my bike and making my Barbies do weird things to each other. Oliver, however, puts my five-year-old self to shame, because he’s over here making cool YouTube videos about tornadoes.
Tornadoes. When you see a warning about them on the weather channel, it usually advises you to take shelter or get on out of there. But some folks are into chasing those storms, and we end up with extreme close ups of a phenomenon that a lot of us would rather not venture out to get for ourselves.
Myths are fascinating. It’s incredible what kind of stuff people will believe if you make it sound authoritative enough (see: chemtrails), but some of those myths are downright dangerous. Here are five popular weather myths that could kill you one day if you actually believe in them.
A severe storm front in Texas spawned many inches of rain, multiple tornadoes, and hail huge enough to smash windshields last week, according to the National Weather Service. (Thankfully, no injuries were reported.) This baseball-sized hail fell April 26 near Rising Star, 150 miles southwest of Dallas.
Even though Friday was the official start to spring, severe weather season across the U.S. typically ramps up much earlier. This year, however, has been quiet. Extremely quiet. In fact, we're on track to see the quietest start to the year we've ever recorded. That's probably going to change pretty soon.…
This was a quiet yet memorable year for tornadoes in the United States. With around 900 tornadoes on the books, here are some interesting maps that show all of the areas hit by tornadoes in 2014, from the twin tornadoes in Nebraska to storms nearly a mile wide in Mississippi. http://thevane.gawker.com/how-did-the-ra…
A recent study out of UC Berkeley has discovered that tiny golden-winged warblers can predict impending storms — or rather, they can actually hear them approaching. Scientists hope to use what they've learned to help save lives ahead of violent weather.
"What the f***?! Oh sh**!" On Friday, Los Angeles was hit with a tornado for the first time since 2004, The Washington Post reports, an event captured on camera in a heavily bleeped home video.
As awful as the movie Twister was, it helped bring to light the challenges of researching tornadoes. Namely, how do you get close enough to study something that's powerful enough to kill you? One obvious solution is to simulate them, and thanks to recent advancements, a team of researchers was finally able to create a…
A new study looking at the last 59 years of tornadoes in the United States reveals something surprising: We have fewer tornadoes today than we used to. But those tornadoes are hitting in a terrifying new way.
Ever wondered how we go from still air to swirling storm? In this video meteorologist—and storm chaser!—James Spann explains where tornadoes come from.
America has more tornado touchdowns on average than anywhere else in the world, but those touchdowns are not at all evenly distributed. These maps, which break down the coordinates of each tornado, illustrate exactly where the danger falls the heaviest. [UPDATE], joined us in comments to explain just what might be…
Someone recorded two tornadoes touching down at the same time on US-275 near Pilger, Nebraska. The footage is absolutely nuts.
We're well into tornado season now in the U.S., and we'll stay there through the summer. But when are the riskiest days for tornadoes in your particular region of the country?
Tornado season is already off to a tense start this year and this new visualization from NASA shows just how strong the multi-state storm system was that sent tornadoes sweeping across the southern and central U.S. earlier this week.
New research suggests that tornado outbreaks aren't independent of each other, which in turn means they're a staggering 100 times more likely than we thought—but that stormy grey cloud may just have a silver lining.
Though tornadoes have touched down in almost every country in the world, the greatest number of tornadoes shows up in the United States. And this isn't just coincidence, — there's a scientific explanation for why it happens.
Harold Brooks is an atmospheric scientist specializing in tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. He's here today to answer our questions about tornadoes, climate change and extreme weather patterns, and the kick-off of twister season!
Here is your new storm-chasing weather-destructo-porn fetish movie. It's called Into The Storm, and it stars Lori from The Walking Dead, Thorin Oakenshield, and just a pantsload of totally insane tornadoes attacking one town over and over and over.
When it comes to radical mega-infrastructure projects, we can only dream—but we dream big. Here is one such staggering proposal to build miles and miles of 1,000-foot tall super-walls that will once and forever save Tornado Alley from its eponymous natural disaster.