EarthSky 22: What caused April’s deadly tornadoes?

Weather Underground’s Jeff Masters on the science of the deadly April tornadoes in the U.S. – this week on EarthSky 22, your 22 minutes of science and music. Just press play.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

ES 22 Producers: Deborah Byrd, Beth Lebwohl, Ryan Britton, Emily Howard

Jorge Salazar getting ready for the 22

This week’s lineup:

Tornadoes. Meteorologist Jeff Masters of Weather Underground on what caused the tornadoes of April 2011, which were among the largest and deadliest in U.S. history. He also discusses the relationship between climate change and extreme weather events.

Global Night Sky with Deborah Byrd. Skywatching the Milky Way.

Weird Science with Ryan Britton. Does having fun affect your memory? It sure does … Ryan Britton explains.

Rogue Waves. Beth Lebwohl speaks with Lev Kaplan about the physics of freak waves that appear out of nowhere.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson talks about the future of science in the 21st century.

This week’s musical contributors:

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

Dana Falconberry

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