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Discovery News - Weather and Climate

Nov 20, 2012
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Tornado Chaser Talks Lightning
As if tornado chasing wasn't dangerous enough, there's bolts of lightning to worry about. Storm Chaser Reed Timmer talks about everything you're not supposed to do in an electrical storm.
Tornado Season
The number of tornados are at an all-time high in 2008. This week Kasey-Dee Gardner finds out what's causing the increase in twisters.
Extreme Storm Surveyor
If you'd rather drive towards a hurricane-ravaged coastline - instead of away from one - then you, too, might have a calling as an Extreme Storm Surveyor. James Williams takes a peek.
The Challenge Of Flood Prediction
Predicting the height of a flood is important when lives are at stake. A USGS expert talks about the process. James Williams reports.
Fire Tornado Explained
Fire tornadoes are rare in nature, but when they do start spinning they're even hotter than a regular fire. James Williams gets an explanation on how and why they occur from a fire protection expert.
Lightning
Is a car really the safest place to be in a lightning storm? Kasey-Dee gets the answer this week on Why? Tell Me Why!
3 Questions: Hurricane-Prone Coastlines
Hurricanes can do a LOT of damage - but can they do any good? James Williams gets the answer to this question and more.
Hurricane Simulator Slams Houses
A one-of-a-kind wind and rain machine is giving scientists a better idea of how to help homes in hurricane prone areas. Kasey-Dee Gardner reports.
Behind The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
Hurricanes played a big part in Robert Simpson's life, which is why his name is on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. James Williams gets the details.
Hurricane Damage Detailed By Light
Hurricane destruction can shed light on what made an area so vulnerable in the first place. James Williams visits Holly Beach, LA to learn what Hurricane Rita uncovered.
3 Questions: Floods
The rising floods in Iowa raises questions about floods in general. James Williams gets some answers.
2010 Hurricane Season in 1 Minute
Got a minute? Then watch the entire 2010 Atlantic hurricane season blow by at lightning speed! Earl! Danielle! Igor! Otto! They're all in there!
Monitoring Climate Change
How do we know for sure that our climate is changing? James Williams takes a look at some of the instruments used to monitor the atmosphere.
Hurricane Season 2009 In 1 Minute
Nine named storms in 3.5 months. All in one minute. A new time-lapse released from NASA and NOAA shows the 2009 hurricane season in a flash.
Acid Rain Eating Washington, D.C.
Acid rain damage can be seen on many of the monuments in our nation's capital. Discovery News' James Williams takes a tour.
The Skinny On Frozen Fruit Death
Why do freezing temperatures destroy oranges? James Williams unpeels the answer.
The First Lady Of Tropical Meteorology
When hurricanes churn across the Atlantic Ocean, much of what we know about them comes from the work of Joanne Simpson. James Williams sat down with her to learn more about her career.
Planetary Meteorologist
Massive hurricanes! Poisonious Clouds! Extreme Temperatures! Just a routine day for a Planetary Meteorologist.
Extreme Kayakers Dig Floods
Floods can cause serious damage, but they can also create some seriously awesome kayak conditions. Discovery News' James Williams takes a ride down the Potomac to learn more.
Death Toll Combines Local Counts
When natural disasters strike - be it tsunamis, earthquakes or floods - they often lead to high death tolls. James Williams discovers how the grisly estimates are attained.
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