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Electrifying Reads on the Science of Extreme Weather

Explore the mysteries of weather, the science behind storms, and the life-changing power of the elements.

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Extreme weather events can be fearsome, destructive, and even today, unpredictable. Bolts of lightning and sudden storm fronts amaze and terrify, both inspiring the perilous journeys of storm chasers and wreaking havoc on the lives of those caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Read on for startling historical accounts of extreme weather, stories of survival, and new research helping scientists understand our increasingly turbulent climate.

Making History of a Hurricane

Jerry Grayson
National Geographic

Hurricane Katrina was, unforgettably, one of the most powerful storms on record in the Gulf of Mexico. Oral historians and photographers helped the people who lived through it make sense of the wreckage.