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A Guide to Hurricanes

Fay, Gustav, Hanna, Ike: What's next for the U.S.? What causes nature's destructive storms? How do scientists study and predict them? How are they linked to global warming?

  • September 5, 2008

Listening In on Hurricanes

Flying a plane over a hurricane to gather data is expensive--and dangerous. Getting equivalent data, by using undersea hydrophones that record the hurricane-driven churning of the ocean may be a cheaper, safer alternative. Cynthia Graber reports

April 15, 2008
Water Too Hot? Hope for a Hurricane

Water Too Hot? Hope for a Hurricane

While tough on reefs directly in their path, hurricanes actually help reefs further afield by cooling oceans that have grown too warm

July 3, 2007 — David Biello

Drowning New Orleans

In a harrowing prediction of what would become the future, this 2001 feature notes that a major hurricane could swamp New Orleans under 20 feet of water, killing thousands

September 5, 2008 — Mark Fischetti
Drowning New Orleans

Drowning New Orleans

A major hurricane could swamp New Orleans under 20 feet of water, killing thousands. Human activities along the Mississippi River have dramatically increased the risk, and now only massive reengineering of southeastern Louisiana can save the city

October 1, 2001 — Mark Fischetti