Natural Disasters

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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 Questions: Floods
The rising floods in Iowa raises questions about floods in general. James Williams gets some answers.
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.
Earthquake Shake Table Rocks Buildings
Building designs are put to the test on the University of California-San Diego shake table, where engineers recreate destructive earthquakes to help make our structures safer and survivable. Jorge Ribas reports.
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