Hurricane season officially kicks off June 1, and forecasters expect the Atlantic Ocean will spawn a near-average number of hurricanes in 2016
Information graphics demystify Earth’s most powerful storms
Scientists use ocean data to more accurately predict a hurricane's strength as it approaches landfall
This digital package includes two magazine issues that each contain a feature article focused on severe weather, and an entire Classics issue (24 articles) on extreme storms
Ask the Experts: Is El Niño to Blame for So Much Weird Weather?
Winter heat, pounding rains, tornadoes—a climatologist explains which extremes can be attributed to El Niño and which cannot
Scientists grapple over the extent to which humans are making extreme weather worse
Extreme Weather May Raise Toxin Levels in Food, Scientists Warn
U.N. report says wheat and other crops generate potential toxins to protect themselves from intense weather
Drought-Ridden L.A. Tries Rainmakers to Tap Storm Clouds
As hoped-for precipitation from El Niño falls short, Los Angeles resorts to a controversial method to reap water from the sky
The Science of Monster Storms
Extreme weather events are nothing new, but they appear to be gaining strength. Scientists have risked life and limb to help us better understand—and better survive—these storms...
Instant Egghead--How Do Hurricanes Form?
Hurricane season begins in May and lasts through November, producing dozens of powerful hurricanes. In this episode of Instant Egghead, Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti explains how these massive storms get their start...