Advances in computer modeling and other technologies still cannot overcome the fundamental complexity of thunderstorm and subsequent tornado formation
Hang on Dorothy, you may be in for a rough ride when trying to predict cyclones by the color of the sky
Tornado season was nearly a dud last year for an armada of scientists who hoped to surround a twister with data-collecting instruments. Will this year bring more data?
Could global warming make this a more frequent occurrence?
Unmanned aerial vehicles hold great potential in their ability to provide crucial data about tornado behavior--if only the FAA allowed scientists to use them
Jacqui Wilmshurst, a PhD psychology student at the University of Sheffield, is spending summer in the field studying human reactions to severe weather and tornadoes. In this special longer-than-usual episode, she shares her initial findings...
A psychology PhD student from the University of Sheffield shares her initial observations on how well local people understand the behavior of tornadoes. Christie Nicholson reports
In VORTEX2, the largest scientific study of tornadoes, scientists are trying to understand just what causes a twister to form. It's more complicated than you might think. Christie Nicholson reports...
Should you open a window to equalize the pressure? This and other myths debunked
Editor’s note: Scientific American contributing editor Christie Nicholson is traveling with nearly 80 scientists conducting the largest tornado study ever completed.