What Is a Derecho?
And why are they so destructive?
Explore the relationship between sea surface temperatures and hurricane strength.
What Is a Monsoon?
A monsoon is a shift in winds that often causes a very rainy or dry season.
Adjust the width and pressure difference of a tornado and watch what happens
The Most Extreme Weather in America
Check out five of the most extreme storms in US history and see what they looked like from the view of a NOAA weather satellite!
What Causes a Thunderstorm?
All thunderstorms have the same basic ingredients. Watch this video to learn more!
What Is a Dust Storm?
Learn all about these walls of dust that can be miles long and several thousand feet high.
What Is a Firestorm?
Some wildfires grow so large that they can create their own weather system.
What Is a Nor'easter?
Learn about this type of storm that forms along the East Coast of North America.
Make Lightning with ZAP!
You're an updraft! In this game, build up charges within a storm cloud!
What Is a Gust Front?
Fast winds that fall from thunderstorms
SciJinks in a Snap: Lightning
What is in-cloud lightning? Can it help us predict violent storms?
What Causes Lightning and Thunder?
What is the source of all the blinding light and earth-shaking sound?
El Niño and Lightning
How can El Niño conditions cause increased lightning?
A Brief History of Lightning Detection
Really? A tool to detect lightning? It's pretty hard to miss, isn't it?
What Is the Coriolis Effect?
And what does it have to do with hurricanes?
What Is Lake Effect Snow?
Why do areas near big lakes get so much snow?
How Big Was Typhoon Haiyan?
Satellite images show just how huge it was.
When disaster strikes!
Families need to know where to find the stuff they need.
How Do Tornadoes Form?
These are the most violent storms on Earth. Can we forecast them even better?
How Does a Hurricane Form?
And what does Category 5 mean?
What Is the Polar Vortex?
And how does it cause such a freeze?
How Far Away Is Lightning? (Simulation)
Learn to determine how far away a thunderstorm is!