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Making Movie Natural Disasters

Making Movie Natural Disasters

Movies and TV shows use a mix of practical, optical, and digital visual effects to simulate natural disasters. Insider compiled behind-the-scenes footage from eight movies where VFX pros brought storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other acts of Mother Nature’s fury to life.

Tsunami Height Comparison

Tsunami Height Comparison

We’ve never lived through a tsunami, but we know they can be terrifying and quite deadly. In this video from RED SIDE, they used CGI wave simulations to compare just how big the biggest tsunami waves can get relative to everyday surf. Can you even imagine a 1700-foot-tall wave?

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Making a Miniature Rain Garden

Making a Miniature Rain Garden

Model maker asu_green11 built this wonderful living diorama which replicates the look of a bamboo forest. In addition to its greenery, it features a pump and a water diffuser grid which produce rain for the miniature scene. It took several tries to get the rain just right, but the finished effect is delightful.

Transient 3

Transient 3

During 2020, photographer and filmmaker Dustin Farrell spent the better part of six months, driving more than 38,000 miles to chase down storms and shoot footage. The end result, 101 incredible shots of nature’s fury in action, compiled into an epic 3-minute short film.

Meteorologist vs. Weather Myths

Meteorologist vs. Weather Myths

Can a tornado cross water? Does lightning ever strike twice in the same place? Wired interviewed WNBC Chief Meteorologist Janice Huff to talk about a variety of myths, misconceptions, and to share her extensive knowledge of the weather and forecasting.

It’s Rain in Games, Part I

It’s Rain in Games, Part I

Feeling stressed or anxious? There’s nothing quite so calming as the sound of a rain shower. To help us unwind our minds, UK designer Jez Burrows put together a compilation of soothing rain sounds captured entirely from video games. Since this clip is titled “Part I,” we imagine a follow up is due if you need more rain.

Factometer Thermometer

Factometer Thermometer
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Why check the temperature with an ordinary thermometer, when you can check it with bonus trivia? Fred’s all-season thermometer includes facts from -40ºF to 140ºF and from -40ºC to 60ºC, so you can compare your current climate to other notable moments in time. Made from durable enameled steel.

GMC CarbonPro vs. Hurricane

GMC CarbonPro vs. Hurricane

GMC’s 2020 Sierra pickup trucks offer an innovative bed made from a carbon fiber reinforced polymer. This makes them extremely durable and impervious to about everything. To prove this, they compared ordinary beds to theirs by flinging objects at them in hurricane-force winds. Suffice it to say, the CarbonPro won hands down.

Tempest Weather Station

Tempest Weather Station

WeatherFlow’s personal weather station can be mounted outside of your home, and has built-in rain, light, wind, pressure, temperature, lightning, and humidity sensors. It provides realtime data, records historical trends, and works with AI technology to deliver personalized forecasts for your specific location.

LWT: The Weather

LWT: The Weather

(PG-13: Language) You wouldn’t think that weather forecasting would be a very controversial subject. But as John Oliver explains, there’s a tenuous balance between the government agency that provides much US weather data, and private companies, and the battle brewing between useful information and hype.

Transient 2

Transient 2

Photographer Dustin Farrell follows up his epic stormchasing video, Transient. Like the original, it features dramatic, slow-motion images of lightning, wind, and cloud formations, capturing the fury of Mother Nature in all of her glory. Dustin says he traveled over 35,000 miles over two years to capture and compile this footage.

Video Game Rain Sounds

Video Game Rain Sounds

Looking for some nature sounds to help you relax or sleep? You could download one of the many white noise apps out there, or you could play FunWithGuru’s video clip, a 16-minute-long compilation of rain sounds captured from 50 different video games.

Slow-mo Wind Tunnel Fun

Slow-mo Wind Tunnel Fun

The Slow Mo Guys managed to score some time inside of a full-scale wind tunnel to see how their bodies and everyday objects would behave in gusts up to 80 mph. Along the way, they turn a condom into a wind sock. Learn more about aerodynamics in part two.

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If It Never Stopped Raining

If It Never Stopped Raining

While there are certainly places on our planet that could use a good downpour, we’d have a whole new set of problems if the rains came and never let up. Life Noggin explores the hypothetical scenario of endless rain, and what it might mean for our planet.

The Cloud Ocean

The Cloud Ocean

Photographer Lars Leber captured this breathtaking footage captured from a vantage point above the clouds near Colorado Springs. By speeding up their movements using via time-lapse, the puffy white clouds look like the undulating waves of a surreal sky ocean.

Sky

Sky

Photographer Ron Risman’s latest time lapse photography is an ode to the ever-changing beauty of the sky. The time-lapse film features everything from clouds bathed in sunlight, to clear night skies, to storms and tornadoes bursting with rain and wind.

What Do Raindrops Look Like?

What Do Raindrops Look Like?

If you thought that rain had a teardrop shape as it fell, you’d be totally wrong. With the help of a vertical wind tunnel, It’s Okay to Be Smart shows us what these droplets of water look like as they head towards Earth, while teaching us about surface tension and air resistance.

The Great Haboob Chase

The Great Haboob Chase

Back in July, 2018, photographer Mike Olbinski set out on a quest to hunt down a dust storm (aka a “haboob”) that was headed for the Arizona desert. After about 3-1/2 hours of storm chasing he managed to capture about 5,000 frames of the epic dust cloud.

The Tescott Tornado

The Tescott Tornado

Stormchasing photographer Mike Olbinski got exactly what he was looking for back on May 1. While making his way through the plains of Kansas, he set up his camera to shoot a time lapse of the stormy weather, and managed to capture the initial formation of an EF3 tornado.

Hurricane in a Box

Hurricane in a Box

The study of extreme weather like hurricanes can help save lives and property. The engineers at the University of Miami’s Surge Structure Atmosphere Interaction Facility (SUSTAIN) have built an system which allows them to simulate hurricane force winds and water.

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South Dakota StormLapse

South Dakota StormLapse

Photographer Chad Cowan set out to capture imagery of stormy skies over South Dakota, and ended up with an incredible sequence of changing colors we can hardly believe that nature created. Interested in shooting storms like Chad? Join his exclusive workshop.

Lightning Storm Time-lapse

Lightning Storm Time-lapse

Incredible footage captured over Kimberley, Australia, as storm clouds and lightning rolled through. Geoff Green’s time-lapse is at once an awe-inspiring and terrifying reminder of nature’s fury. Photo geeks: shot w/ Nikon D800 @ 1 frame per 2 sec, 1.6 sec exposure, ISO 2000.

NASA Aerosol Simulation

NASA Aerosol Simulation

A fascinating simulation created by a team of scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The animation approximates the movements of smoke, sea salt, and dust as they traveled around the globe due to storms and wind currents in 2017. Original video here.

Shadow of the Eclipse

Shadow of the Eclipse

Lots of us stayed outside to watch the big solar eclipse this week, but this isn’t the view any of us saw. Instead of looking up at the skies, the University of Wisconsin Madison time-lapsed weather satellite imagery to track the shadow of the moon as it crossed the US.

Storm 1, Revolving Door 0

Storm 1, Revolving Door 0

We always thought the idea behind revolving doors was to keep the bad weather out of buildings, but in this video captured during a storm in Istanbul, Turkey, it seems the wind and rain got the better of the spinning door, and left quite a mess. Original video here.

Walk vs. Run When It’s Cold

Walk vs. Run When It’s Cold

Fortunately, it’s starting to gradually warm up in most of the Northern Hemisphere, but when it is cold out, you just want to get somewhere warm as quickly as possible. Minute Physics ponders whether or not it’s better to proceed slowly when you’re freezing your butt off.

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