Severe Weather 101


Do you have questions about severe weather? Are you a teacher, student, or weather enthusiast who wants to learn more about atmospheric phenomena? If so, then we have just what you need!

Check out our Severe Weather 101 pages, where you can learn about thunderstorms, tornadoes, winter weather, and beyond. Visit each individual page for all the basics about the phenomenon of your choice, Frequently Asked Questions, and lots more.

In early 2015, NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory completely overhauled Severe Weather 101 in preparation for the active spring storm season. Each page was converted to a new, more responsive format. With this design, it became easier than ever to access the information you are searching for, and you took notice! Traffic to our Education pages increased by 51% in 2015, accounting for 92% of the total increase in traffic to the NSSL website!

What else would you like to see in Severe Weather 101? How can NSSL help you to be more engaged with the weather? If you have suggestions for how we can improve our website, please contact us at We look forward to hearing from you. And, this spring, remember to stay weather aware!

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