From massive hurricanes and swarming tornados to biblical floods and scorching wildfires, 2008 has been one of the deadliest weather years ever. All across the world, extreme weather ruins the lives of millions, and Mother Nature may have even more in store for us. As the earth warms, most scientists agree that weather will only grow more destructive. Are we on the verge of a weather apocalypse? Scientists are trying to answer this question. From mini-airplanes that fly into the heart of hurricanes to simulators that measure the destructive force of tornados, these weather gurus are furiously working to understand extreme weather, and to protect us from it.

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