Just what have the tornado patterns of the past 30 years looked like? An interactive map, over at Smithsonian answers that question, by showing the patterns and strength of how tornadoes have struck for every year since 1980. » 3/25/14 12:20pm 3/25/14 12:20pm

Jaw-dropping Photographs Capture the Sublime Power of Superstorms

Photographer Mike Hollingshead makes a living out of chasing and photographing extreme weather systems – and the fruits of his labor are guaranteed to fill you with awe. » 1/22/14 11:31am 1/22/14 11:31am

A humbling map of real-time wind patterns in Tornado Alley

"Wind Map" is a stunning interactive datavisualization that presents wind patterns across the continental U.S. in real time. Picture above is what it looked like last night at 10:59 CDT, in the aftermath of yesterday's devastating Oklahoma tornado. » 5/21/13 7:50am 5/21/13 7:50am

Kinetic tornado-proof houses could duck underground

In certain parts of the world, there are few natural threats quite as frightening as a tornado. A single storm can still level an entire town, scattering homes, businesses, and schools across the plains. But what if your house could protect itself from a tornado by retreating underground? » 8/11/12 11:00am 8/11/12 11:00am

10 Things you Probably Didn't Know About Tornadoes

Tornadoes are some of the deadliest, most devastating natural phenomena on Earth — but most of us probably have a lot of misconceptions about them. The actual science of tornados is much stranger, and scarier, than you ever knew. » 6/04/12 10:26am 6/04/12 10:26am

Watch a tornado toss truck trailers 50 feet into the air

Extremely powerful tornados touched down today in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Fortunately, no deaths or injuries have been reported, but the storms were so ferocious some 18-wheeler trailers were tossed fifty or so feet upward as if they were Tonka toys. It gives one pause to realize that's several tons of metal… » 4/03/12 3:10pm 4/03/12 3:10pm