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Thunder is the result of the rapid expansion of super heated air caused by the extremely high temperature of lightning. Through a series of examples, the student will be able to determine the distance to a lightning strike.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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SKYWARN is a concept developed in the early 1970d that was intended to promote a cooperatve effort between the National Weather Service and communities. The emphasis of the effort is often focused on the storm spotter, an individual who takes a position near their community and reports wind gusts,...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Rain and hail will be suspended by the updraft inside a thunderstorm until the weight of the hail and water can no longer by supported. Usually, the stronger the updraft in a thunderstorm, the more intense the storm and the larger size of hail that can be produced. Suspending a ping pong ball in th...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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The updrafts in thunderstorms can be extremely strong. The stronger the updraft, the more weight of rain and hair that can be supported. This experiment will show thta cotton balls, like clouds, hold a tremendous amount of water. In nature, once the weight of water is more than can be supported by...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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Pressure is not only a matter of altitude but also dependent upon the temperature. As the temperature increases so does the pressure. The molecules and atoms that comprise the air we breathe gain energy as they absorb heat. That increase in energy results in faster moving atoms which we observe as...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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Bernoulli's principle states that in fluid flow, an increase in velocity occurs simultaneously with decrease in pressure. The students will discover that the faster air moves (air acting as a fluid), the lower the pressure beccomes within that air flow. They will see this effect blowing between two...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this activity you will measure changing weather conditions prior to, during, and after a storm.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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A kid-friendly online portal to learn about different atmospheric phenomena, like the water cycle, severe weather, rainbows and clouds, and more.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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The Science center for Teaching, Outreach, and Research on Meteorology (the STORM Project) at University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a cooperative program between NOAA and UNI. The Project seeks to initiate, support, and coordinate education, service, and research activities that relate to weather...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Students use prior knowledge, a photo gallery, and a video to discuss what they already know about extreme weather on Earth and brainstorm and categorize a list of weather-related words and phrases. Then they identify the necessary conditions for weather events to occur, and the factors that affect...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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The purpose of this experiment is to watch lightning and hear thunder to give you clues about how far away you are from a storm.
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Even small thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people than tornadoes each year. Thunderstorms also cause heavy rain, flash flooding, hail, strong winds and tornadoes. When warm and cold air masses meet, a thunderstorm can grow. In this activity, you...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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"The outward extent of wind moving around a hurricane is rarely uniform. The size of this wind firld is often skewed to the right side of the storm's forward progress. At the same time, the size of each tropical cyclone varies. One hurricane, while it may not be very powerful, could have a large...
Grade Level   10 11 12
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The National Weather Service (NWS) Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) is truly the Nation's weather and climate observing network of, by and for the people. More than 11,000 volunteers take observations on farms, in urban and suburban areas, National Parks, seashores, and mountaintops. The data are...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students use prior knowledge, a photo gallery, and a video to discuss what they already know about extreme weather on Earth and brainstorm a list of weather-related words. Then they organize information they learned about weather events and conditions present for each type of weather event, and...
Grade Level   2 3 4 5
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WeatherSTEM provides a highly customizable alert platform that responds to a wide variety of current and forecasted conditions. Keep your location safe with alerts for nearby lightning, dangerous heat conditions, freeze forecasts, or any other sensor-related events. Personalized notifications can be...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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A tropical storm is brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. It's causing rain and thunderstorms over the Caribbean, and it will soon be a tropical depression — the beginning of a hurricane. By the time Hurricane Mitch leaves the Central America, more than 11-000 people will be dead and as many as...
Grade Level   8 9 10 11 12
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In this lesson, students learn about different cloud types and the associated weather they may bring -, putting themselves in the shoes of NASA's Cloudsat mission team as they were developing and important Earth-observing satellite. This is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and it...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3
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In this activity, the students learn about the four main types of air masses that affect weather in the United States, their characteristic temperatures, and humidity levels as it relates to dew point temperatures. The lesson plan follows the 5E format. Initially, students discuss local weather and...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER award, members of the University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Sciences have designed a suite of atmospheric science learning modules for middle school students. The curriculum, which implements a flipped-classroom model, is cross-references...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9
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