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Pruning The Mississippi River Could Protect New Orleans From The Next Katrina

When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans a decade ago, its destructive power was unprecedented. But these days, extreme weather events are becoming eerily common. How to prevent the next big storm from walloping the Big Easy? We might need to let the mouth of the Mississippi die.


The US Is Testing A Storm Surge Warning System For Hurricanes

The wall of wind-driven ocean that accompanies a hurricane is called a “surge” for a reason: This isn’t a gentle rising of the water level, it’s violent and destructive — sometimes more so than the hurricane’s winds. This hurricane season, for the first time, the National Hurricane Center will be testing a prototype storm surge warning system which it hopes will be fully operational in 2017.


18 Terrifying Photos Of Ships In Trouble

The fight against Earth’s oceans is almost as old as humankind. Through millennia, humans have battled typhoons and waves as high as buildings. “To sail is necessary, to live is not necessary,” said Plutarch during a huge storm in the Mediterranean. Here are 18 photos that perfectly illustrate that idea.


You Can Trace A Typhoon Through Changes In Ocean Life

You’re looking at a selection of marine life, from shrimp to jellies. But what’s special about these little blighters is that they reveal the presence of a typhoon in their past.


Sydney's Friday Storm Clouds Looked Like A Giant Alien Spaceship

This nasty-looking storm (yes, that’s a storm, not some hostile extraterrestrial unleashing otherworldly armageddon) confirms what we’ve always known: Mother Nature can be truly terrifying.


Behold The Most Accurate Simulation Of An F5 Tornado Ever

As awful as the movie Twister was, it helped bring to light the challenges of researching tornadoes. Namely, how do you get close enough to study something that’s powerful enough to kill you? One obvious solution is to simulate them, and thanks to recent advancements, a team of researchers was finally able to create a deadly F5 tornado in a computer and keep it alive for an hour and 40 minutes, providing countless insights as it tore its destructive (but simulated) path.


High Plains' Extreme Storms Look Both Beautiful And Terrifying

Video: Nicolaus Wegner spent five months photographing extreme weather phenomena in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado. According to him “high plains storms are some of the most beautiful and wild in the world” and after watching this stunning time-lapse, I have to agree.


How Tornadoes Form

Ever wondered how we go from still air to swirling storm? In this video meteorologist — and storm chaser! — James Spann explains where tornadoes come from.


These Storm Photos Are So Perfect That They Feel Like Illustrations

Photographer Jody Miller has been storm chasing and the results are outstanding. These vivid images capture the fury of mother nature in some extraordinarily beautiful landscapes.


Storm-Proofing NYC Will Cost At Least $US11 Billion, But It's Worth It

Humans are almost universally bad at planning for the distant future — most of us would rather live in blissful, unprepared ignorance than think about our superannuation. The same goes for cities: Dealing with the next storm is way easier than spending many billions of dollars to protect us from storms 20 years down the road.


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