Behold the Most Accurate Simulation of an F5 Tornado Ever

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… » 11/10/14 1:28pm 11/10/14 1:28pm

Raw video: Massive twin tornadoes touch down simultaneously in Nebraska

Tornadoes Are 100x More Likely Than We Thought, But That's Good News

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. » 4/16/14 10:00am 4/16/14 10:00am

Physicist Proposes 1,000-Foot Anti-Tornado Walls Across the Midwest

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. » 2/28/14 12:40pm 2/28/14 12:40pm

Aerial photos reveal the destructive path of the Midwest tornado

Tornadoes ripped through the Midwest of the United States earlier today and the damage it left behind is absolutely tragic. These pictures of Washington, Illinois, the worst area affected, show how a community gets shredded by natural disaster. The path is violent, the ground is scarred and the homes are just gone. » 11/18/13 10:40pm 11/18/13 10:40pm

This Terrifying Video Shows How Dangerous It Is to Film Tornadoes

As long as there are storms, there will be storm chasers, and the footage they get is always equal parts soul-chilling and awe-inspiring. Yesterday, chaser Brandon Sullivan and his team got a little too close for comfort with one of the many twisters that have ravaging Oklahoma. » 6/01/13 5:25pm 6/01/13 5:25pm

How Do a Building's Guts Help It Weather a Tornado?

When a big funnel of destruction touches down, it puts everything that's about ground in instant trouble. But exactly how much trouble actually depends a lot on construction, and not just things like structural reinforcement: pretty standard, inherent things like the size of the rooms. » 5/23/13 12:26pm 5/23/13 12:26pm

Why Are There So Many Tornadoes This Year?

The US is the most tornado-friendly landmass on Earth. We've got just the right mix of moisture, instability, lift, and wind shear to provoke more than 1,000 of the dangerous storms annually. » 4/17/12 12:20pm 4/17/12 12:20pm

Extreme Tornadoes Are Tossing 18-Wheelers Up in the Air in…

Those things flying are tractor trailers, lifted several feet up in the air by the extremely strong tornadoes in Dallas County, Texas. It's an emergency situation down there right now, and it seems it's not going to stop any time soon. » 4/03/12 2:42pm 4/03/12 2:42pm

Today's Terrifying And Historic Tornadoes Up Close

Earlier today, vast parts of the South and Midwest were hit by vicious tornados that leveled entire towns. The storm started in Alabama in the morning; by the end of the afternoon giant funnel clouds were touching down in Indiana and Ohio. It's already reportedly wiped one town entirely off the map. » 3/02/12 6:37pm 3/02/12 6:37pm

NEXRAD: How Scientists Spot Hurricanes Before They Pancake Entire Cities

You know how you know about Hurricane Irene three days before it hits land and ruins the East Coast? Doppler. Specifically, the NEXRAD Doppler system that's been tracking severe weather across the US of A since 1997. » 8/26/11 11:30am 8/26/11 11:30am

Microbursts Are Just As Scary As Tornadoes

Golf ball-sized hail. Intense, gusting wind smashing the ground and spreading out, pushing everything in its way. Torrential downpour making it impossible to see anything farther than an inch away. My god, microbursts are previews for the apocalypse. » 6/15/11 3:41pm 6/15/11 3:41pm

What Five Days of Deadly Tornadoes Looked Like From Space

It's hard to believe that this beauty can cause so much grief and damage, but from space even the deadliest of natural disasters always looks strangely soothing and mesmerizing. Those explosions of clouds seem to come from Earth herself. » 5/26/11 9:22am 5/26/11 9:22am

People Came Up with Some Crazy Ideas to Fight Tornadoes Back in the Day

I've never experienced a tornado but I watched Twister multiple times and I'm scared shitless of them. And I sort of understand the weathery science behind them! Imagine how people felt in the 1800's when those menacing winding bolts from the sky would manifest and tear up everything in its path. Not fun. » 5/03/11 8:40pm 5/03/11 8:40pm

The Destructive Path of a Tornado

Last week, more than 150 tornadoes ripped through the Southern United States killing many. Satellite images have captured images of the tornadoes' tracks and in this particular image, you can clearly see it zipping diagonally across the screen. » 5/03/11 7:20pm 5/03/11 7:20pm

The Tiny Probe That Stands Up to 200MPH Tornadoes

Some would say that Tim Samaras is nuts. Why's that? Because in 2003, Tim placed a couple cameras and three probes in front of an oncoming F4 tornado that was 100 yards away and blasting 200-mile-per-hour winds. And he did it all for science. » 4/28/11 3:50pm 4/28/11 3:50pm

Yesterday's Tornado Looks Like a Column of Hellfire on 3D Radar

From the Weather Channel, this is 3D radar imagery of the tornado that shredded Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It's scary even as CGI. (Being from the south, tornadoes are the only natural disaster I was ever taught to be afraid of.) [Twitter via TBI] » 4/28/11 3:00pm 4/28/11 3:00pm

Fire Tornado: Scary Weather or Scariest Weather?

This is a real thing: fire combines with strong dry winds to create a fire tornado. One happened just yesterday in Aracatuba, Brazil. Here's the footage, taken by someone much braver/crazier than I'll ever be. » 8/25/10 4:00pm 8/25/10 4:00pm

Why You Should Carry a Digital Camera At All Times

Last Tuesday, Lori Mehmen looked out her front door in Orchard, Iowa and this is what she saw. She had a digital camera handy, and somehow managed to take this photo before crapping her pants and taking cover. This, my friends, is why always having a camera nearby is helpful. Oh, and no one was injured during this… » 6/16/08 12:40pm 6/16/08 12:40pm