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Severe and Hazardous Weather

Want to learn more about Severe Weather?
You're in the right place!

Severe weather affects everyone on our planet. Events impact individuals, economies, governments, wars - in fact, the course of history itself. This website will take you through a journey of severe weather with links to:

  • current and forecast weather and archived weather events and data,
  • more than sixty examples of case studies,
  • numerical simulations of virtually all types of severe weather events.

We provide links to photo galleries, animations, and interactive applets topics ranging from introductory meteorology to specifics of particular severe weather phenomenon.

Explore and immerse yourself in the wonder and power of weather!


This website accompanies Severe and Hazardous Weather: An Introduction to High Impact Meteorology, developed and taught at the University of Illinois since 1984.

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Hurricane Katrina (2005)

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