Just what have the tornado patterns of the past 30 years looked like? An interactive map, over at Smithsonian answers that question, by showing the patterns and strength of how tornadoes have struck for every year since 1980.
Photographer Mike Hollingshead makes a living out of chasing and photographing extreme weather systems – and the fruits of his labor are guaranteed to fill you with awe.
In certain parts of the world, there are few natural threats quite as frightening as a tornado. A single storm can still level an entire town, scattering homes, businesses, and schools across the plains. But what if your house could protect itself from a tornado by retreating underground?
Tornadoes are some of the deadliest, most devastating natural phenomena on Earth — but most of us probably have a lot of misconceptions about them. The actual science of tornados is much stranger, and scarier, than you ever knew.
If you've ever wondered if people in tornado alley are cursed, here's your answer: Yes. Assembled from 56 years of NOAA data, this map shows every single (known) tornado that has touched down in the United States in the last 56 years. Each line represents an individual tornado, while the brightness of the line…
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.
The Texas tornadoes were insanely powerful, tossing flatbed trucks around like toys and raining softball-sized hail. NASA turned the data from its TRMM weather satellite into a 3D model that shows the absurd scope and intensity of the storms.
Extremely powerful tornados touched down today in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Fortunately, no deaths or injuries have been reported, but the storms were so ferocious some 18-wheeler trailers were tossed fifty or so feet upward as if they were Tonka toys. It gives one pause to realize that's several tons of metal…
It's far from destructive, but the indoor tornado set up at the Mercedes-Benz museum is cool nonetheless. Using the museum's 144 air intake nozzles, they set up a smoke machine on the ground below, had air blowing in from the sides causing a swirling effect and let the nozzles suck up the smoke. The Guiness Book of…