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NOVA; Deadliest Tornadoes



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Deadliest Tornadoes
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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In April 2011, the worst tornado outbreak in decades left a trail of destruction across the U.S., killing more than 360 people. Why was there such an extreme outbreak? How do such outbreaks form? With modern warning systems, why did so many die? Is our weather getting more extreme — and if so, how bad will it get? In this NOVA special, get a look at the science behind the last year’s outbreak, meeting those affected and the scientists striving to understand the forces behind the outbreak whether this outbreak relates to global climate change. Could their work improve tornado prediction in the future? Learn how we all can protect ourselves and our communities in the future.

A NOVA Production by Pioneer Productions for WGBH



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Chicago: “NOVA; Deadliest Tornadoes,” 03/28/2012, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_54B212E7A3374FC086A239DCACEFBCF3.
MLA: “NOVA; Deadliest Tornadoes.” 03/28/2012. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_54B212E7A3374FC086A239DCACEFBCF3>.
APA: NOVA; Deadliest Tornadoes. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_54B212E7A3374FC086A239DCACEFBCF3
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