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  • Hurricane

    Hurricanes are nature's engines of death and destruction, the costliest natural disaster on earth. Explains how and where hurricanes formed; uses live footage to show the forces of wind, weather, and storm surge, and the damage they can do. Compares current information with historical knowledge and notes how forecasting has greatly improved. Explores how meteorologists work to understand and predict these brutal storms.

  • Hurricane Sleuth

    When Geologist Jeff Donnelly of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) hunts for hurricanes, he does it safely at ground level, or just slightly below. He is even able to do it without having to encounter so much as a drop of rain or a gust of wind. With funding from the National Science Foundation, Donnelly leads a team that studies long term global hurricane patterns. They’ve unearthed some interesting findings about past hurricane activity which might provide a hint about what to expect in the future.

  • Science Video Vocab: Hurricane

    Part of a series that features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams, graphics, and labels. For this particular video, students will focus on the conditions needed for hurricanes to form as well as the hazards they pose. Part of the Science Video Vocab series.

  • Science Video Vocab: Hurricane (Spanish)

    Part of a series that features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams, graphics, and labels. For this particular video, students will focus on the conditions needed for hurricanes to form as well as the hazards they pose. Part of the Science Video Vocab series.

  • Dropsondes: Work Horses In Hurricane Forecasting

    Inside a cylinder that is about the size of a roll of paper towels lives a circuit board filled with sensors. It's called a dropsonde, or “sonde” for short. As the sonde falls through the air after being dropped for an airplane, its sensors gather data about the atmosphere. Dropsondes have a huge impact on understanding hurricanes and the ability to predict hurricanes. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

  • On The Road To Resiliency: Researchers Map Hurricane Sandy Impact In New York City

    Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest of the 2012 hurricane season and was the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history. University of Washington civil engineer Dorothy Reed and her team received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how Hurricane Sandy affected the infrastructure of the New York Metropolitan area, including the power and transit systems. Reed and her team area creating highly detailed maps to construct a comprehensive street-by-street view of Sandy’s devastation.

  • ManMade Wall Of Wind Creates Hurricane Force Winds To Test Construction

    A Category 5 hurricane is a monster of a storm that most people would want to avoid. But, Civil Engineer Arindam Chowdhury actually recreates those monster hurricane force winds in hopes of helping people better prepare for the real thing. With support from the National Science Foundation, Chowdhury and his team at Florida International University and the International Hurricane Research Center designed a 15 foot tall Wall of Wind (WOW). The goal is to see if low rise structures and building materials can withstand the same wind forces they would face in a full-blown hurricane. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

  • Predicting the Unpredictable

    Episode one explores what hurricanes are, how they are formed, and how the specialists try to predict whether the next storm will blow over or blow the roof off. Featuring interviews with some of the world’s leading hurricane experts, this episode looks at the latest theories and the most advanced technologies that are being used to hone the forecasts. While a fearless team of Hurricane Hunter pilots flies into the eye of each approaching storm, their data is supplemented by information from satellites, drones, and even fish. Part of "Hurricane, the Anatomy" series.

  • Weather Safety

    Staying safe in all kinds of weather and avoiding weather-related injuries are the focus of this practical video. Concepts and terminology: lightning, tornado, wind, hurricane, and safe shelter.

  • When Disaster Strikes: The Community Response To Deaf And Hard Of Hearing People

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd, a North Carolina community realizes the necessity of communicating with deaf and hard of hearing persons in disastrous situations. Includes an introduction for emergency workers and others to deaf culture, information on captioning TV emergency warnings and strategies for effective communication with deaf and hard of hearing persons in these situations. Features members of the deaf community sharing terrifying experiences from Hurricane Floyd.

  • Futures With Jaime Escalante: Meteorology

    How hard will the winds blow? Where will the lightning strike? Predicting the weather is the science of meteorology. Meets hurricane specialists, tornado trackers, and other people who collect data on weather systems. Not all storms take place on Earth, as space weather scientists explain when they discuss the need to predict huge solar flares. Also features a classroom guest, TV weatherman Spencer Christian.

  • Tsunami Research

    It’s called a wavemaker, and its 300 feet long and 12 feet wide. With support from the National Science Foundation, this huge new tool, the largest of its type in the United States, is helping scientists perform large scale studies on the impact of both hurricane and tsunami waves.

  • Families Of Puerto Rico

    Follows Jose and Laura, young Puerto Ricans, through a typical day. Jose chronicles his life in a city; Laura narrates her life on a farm. Accompany each child through a typical day from morning wake-up call to breakfast, school, afternoon activities, chores, dinner, and bed. Shows preparing for a hurricane and growing bananas. Shares facts about Puerto Rican history, politics, and ties to the United States.

  • Science On The Newshour: Environmental Science

    Whether they arise from human causes or forces within planet Earth itself, natural disasters threaten life and civilization with what seems to be growing frequency. Studies troubling developments in marine, arctic, wetland, and urban environments while highlighting research opportunities that may help prevent future catastrophes. Coral reef decay, Everglades habitat loss, polar ice disappearance, and global warming are all analyzed. Looks at earthquake prediction, hurricane and tornado tracking, air pollution monitoring, tsunami warning systems, and the cleanup of toxic flood sediment in New Orleans. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) audio description, (2) expanded audio description, (3) English subtitles, (4) English subtitles in black box, (5) closed captions.

  • The Universe: Magnetic Storm

    It bursts from the sun with the power of ten thousand nuclear weapons... and when it hits our planet, it could create the largest disaster in recorded history. A magnetic storm from the sun could wipe out electrical power, television, radio, military communication, and nearly every piece of electronics in the Northern Hemisphere. Learn about a planet-wide "hurricane" of magnetic forces called "Solar Katrina" that could permanently scramble all 21st Century technology. What causes this magnetic superstorm and why is it so powerful? And is there anything we can do to prevent the Magnetic Storm?

  • Understanding Human Nature When Mother Nature Wreaks Havoc

    StormView™ is a software program that gauges how residents of hurricane-prone regions might react in the event of an imminent storm. It was developed by University of Miami professor Kenny Broad and a number of collaborators, and supported with funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It includes TV meteorologist broadcasts, newspaper stories, web stories, bulletins from NOAA and even interactions with neighbors. The StormView™ simulation provides a way for social scientists to collaborate with meteorologists to tailor more effective messages. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

  • Winds of Change

    For millennia, hurricanes have threatened the Eastern United States, the Caribbean, and parts of Latin America. But changes to global climate have serious consequences for the future. For example, rising sea-levels mean that storm surge from hurricanes will impact ever further inland. In episode three, specialists discuss why they believe that hurricanes will become less frequent but increasingly powerful. Insight and interviews from leading experts such as Nobel Prize-winning climatologist, Jean-Pascal Van Ypersele, explore the preparations needed to withstand a super storm. Part of the "Hurricane, the Anatomy" series.

  • Decoding Disasters: Are We Prepared For Another 9-11?

    The Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware aims to help communities become as prepared as possible for unplanned, sometimes unthinkable events. The Center's work and guidelines have been adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross, medical reserve groups, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Center’s associate director, sociologist Tricia Wachtendorf, looked at specific events in lower Manhattan, including the water evacuations of hundreds of people fleeing the World Trade Center. She noted that both the Coast Guard and private boats did an extraordinary job amidst the chaos. Contrast that to the much criticized response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. What works and what doesn't, and what can be learned from these complex, unrelated disasters? With support from the National Science Foundation, Wachtendorf intends to find out.

  • America--The Story Of Us: Millennium

    As shown on the History Channel. America booms in both population and prosperity. The "baby boomers" become the next generation to reinvent the country. Powerful new technologies sweep the nation. Television brings the world into Americans' living rooms, changing lives and values in unexpected ways. This revolution is not only about entertainment. Just as newspapers helped define America's identity during the Revolution and sense of self during the Civil War, television captures and influences a distant war in Vietnam, shaping Americans' response to their changing society. The conflicts of the late 1960s and 1970s remind America of the rifts that divided the nation before the Civil War, but the boom of the 1980s heralds better times, along with a sense of assurance that mirrors the 1920s. A piece of plastic-the credit card-shapes the decade and spurs spending, creating new affluent classes such as the "yuppies." The government spends, too-on the technology that drives the last phase of the Cold War and launches the Shuttle into space. But as America reaches once more for the stars, technology meets tragedy in the Challenger disaster. As Americans have discovered time and time again over 400 years, some pioneers must pay the ultimate price. A new California Gold Rush ensues when innovation yields the biggest technological advances yet: the personal computer and the Internet. Just like the telegraph and railroad before them, these new breakthroughs transform America. America's confidence is rocked by 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, but the country remains the world's superpower. As the nation launches into the 21st century, what does the future hold? Where is the next new frontier, and who will inherit America's longstanding pioneering tradition?

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