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May. 24, 2013

Tracking Killer Tornadoes

The massive tornado that struck Oklahoma this week was the product of specific atmospheric conditions—and bad luck.

weather, climate, tornado, extreme storms, twister, oklahoma, Marshall Shepherd, American Meteorological Society

Feb. 08, 2008

Tornado Outbreak

Severe weather in the south central U.S. this week spawned a string of tornadoes that killed at least 50 people. We'll talk about the tornado outbreak and the conditions needed for tornado formation.

tornado, storm, weather

Apr. 09, 2010

Tornadoes

The average warning time for a tornado is about 15 minutes. But is that enough time to get your family out of harm's way? In this segment, a look at twisters -- and how the scientists chasing them could help us get better warnings.

storm, weather, tornado, tornadoes, stormchasers, extreme weather

Aug. 26, 2011

NOAA Warns Of Gap In Future Forecasting Abilities

Budget cuts may impair NOAA’s ability to monitor severe weather, such as tornadoes and blizzards.

noaa weather climate forecast lubchenko

Jan. 19, 2007

Can Climate Change Explain Odd Weather?

In this segment, we'll take a look at the weird winter weather around the country. Some pundits attribute it to global warming - but is it?

weather, climate, meteorology

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