Australia has expansive areas of flat land — usually agricultural land — and it’s over these large, flat areas that tornadoes like to form.
Current building codes do not include the most efficient way to keep houses standing and intact during tornadoes.
Federal weather scientists are pushing to make the US more ‘weather-ready,’ which could mean prepping for fires, flooding or storms depending on where you live. The common factor: thinking ahead.
While land tornadoes are associated with huge supercell thunderstorms, waterspouts can form during smaller storms or even just showers or the presence of the right kind of clouds.
Misunderstanding disaster warnings can have catastrophic consequences for people who don’t speak the language used for emergency communications.
With the onset of spring come thunderstorms, and sometimes tornadoes. Learn how these systems form and why night tornadoes are especially deadly.
Persistent heat waves and dry lightning are part of the problem. For firefighters, the erratic behavior gets dangerous quickly.
Hurricane and tornado winds spin in circles, but there’s another, equally dangerous storm type where winds barrel straight ahead. They’re called derechos, and are most common in summer.
In the Southeast US, tornadoes strike at night more often than in other regions. This poses special challenges for getting early warnings to the public.
Donated goods often not only fail to help those in actual need but cause congestion, tie up resources and further hurt local economies.
Government agencies have detailed plans for responding to disasters, but one piece doesn’t get enough attention: cleaning up the mess that’s left behind.
The usual way we calculate the economic damage of natural disasters underestimates their true toll – which is key to understanding the costs of climate change.
With hurricane season comes the usual efforts by insurance companies and government agencies to calculate the economic costs. An economist explains how they’re doing it wrong.
Charitable giving and government aid can shortchange disasters that follow other disasters.
European tornadoes may not come along as often as their US counterparts but they are a real threat and need to be taken seriously.
Evacuations and disruptions to health care during and after disasters like Hurricane Harvey are serious threats for older adults, who may need support well after relief operations end.
New research shows that older people are especially at risk during and after natural disasters, and may need medical help or other support well after relief operations end.
Tornado forecasting has greatly improved in recent decades, but these dangerous storms can still take communities by surprise. Two meteorologists explain what causes tornadoes and how to stay safe.
Disaster preparations often focus on gear and logistics, but research in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami shows that strong social ties played a key role in helping communities rebound.
Batten down the hatches. These are nature’s nuclear weapons.