Smoke supercharges twisters

Researchers have found evidence that smoke, for instance, from forest fires, can make tornadoes more frequent and more severe. Hear the full story in my podcast for Scientific American’s 60-Second Science.

Tornadoes explained

We all know that tornadoes are dangerous and destructive, but have you always wondered why they occur most often in the spring? Why they plague the Midwest and High Plains? Have you been curious which direction they spin or why they all tear off to the northeast? I have! Learn how the physics of tornadoes … More Tornadoes explained