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Covering some 70 percent of Earth's surface, clouds play a key role in our planet's well-being. But how do they form, why are there so many types, and what clues can they give us about the weather and climate to come? Try your hand at classifying clouds and investigating the role they play in severe...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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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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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NASA's Climate Kids is a place where kids can learn about the Earth! Available are games, activities, news, and videos on a variety of subjects: weather and climate, air, ocean, fresh water, carbon cycle, energy, plants and animals, and technology. Teacher resources (PDFs, NGSS standards, and more)...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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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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Different types of soil have different capabilities for retaining rainwater. When the soil in an area cannot hold enough rainwater, flooding occurs. Students in this activity measure the amount of water different soil types can handle. Following the activity, students discuss soil and flooding...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"Join Owlie and friends to embark on a """"Severe Weather Preparedness Adventure!""""Most appropriate for elementary and middle levels, this online game -- produced as part of NOAA and the National Weather Service's Young Meteorologist program -- teaches students how to stay safe through weather...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 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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Students use an interactive natural hazards map to construct their own maps of extreme natural events by United States region. Then they identify patterns.
Grade Level   4 5
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Students brainstorm types of extreme natural events, describe the dangerous characteristics of each, and compare and contrast them.
Grade Level   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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This FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) website attempts to address various questions regarding hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones that have been posed to us as hurricane researchers over the years. While it is not intended to be a technical guide, references are given throughout the FAQ for...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Satellites are critical for tracking storms, especially over the ocean. The deadliest natural disaster in the history of the United States was a hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas in September 1900. Communications were very different then so people had no advanced warning of the storm and over 8000...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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This tracking activity allows students to plot data points onto a tracking chart and map out the possible path of an oncoming hurricane. Meteorologists study the development and movement of hurricanes. This information is made available to the public through the National Hurricane Center which is...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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Severe weather includes phenomena such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning storms. Severe weather can cause great amounts of damage, especially in places where severe weather is prevalent. How much of a danger does severe weather pose for the area where you live? You can compute...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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