Destructive tornadoes. Devastating hurricanes. Deadly tsunamis. Record-setting temperatures. Each day seems to present new evidence attesting to Mother Nature’s magnificent force. Extreme weather events have the potential to simultaneously wreak havoc and inspire awe. This month, The Link brings you a series of resources to educate you on nature’s highs and lows.
Meteorology: The Science Behind the Weather
While it may sometimes seem like the weather is random and unpredictable, there is a science to predicting and explaining the phenomena that each and every one of us experiences on a daily basis.
WW2010: The Weather World 2010 Project (find it on ipl2)
A collection of online meteorology guides that include modules for light and optics, clouds and precipitation, forces and winds, air masses and fronts, weather forecasting, severe storms, hurricanes, El Niño, and the hydrologic cycle. (Text from the University of Illinois WW2010 Project.)
NEW! National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Observations Educational Resource
This Educational Resource page contains educational plans, multimedia presentations, science fair ideas and links to current Doppler radar and satellite imagery. Daily work keeps citizens informed on the constant changes to the atmosphere and environment.
NEW! The American Meteorological Society’s Glossary of Meteorology
A searchable database of over 12,000 terms with definitions from the American Meteorological Society, the nation’s premier professional association dedicated to the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.
Did you know that May 22nd to May 28th is Hurricane Preparedness Week? Find out how to prepare your family and your pets for hurricanes and other natural disasters by checking out these links.
Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (find it on ipl2)
This guide “provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking the reader through how to get informed about local emergency plans, how to identify hazards that affect their local area, and how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan and disaster supplies kit. Other topics covered include evacuation, emergency public shelters, animals in disaster, and information specific to people with disabilities.” From the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
StormReady Weather Safety Awareness Links (find it on ipl2: Resources by Subject – Earth Sciences – Meteorology/Climatology)
This section of the National Weather Service website contains links to information on various types of severe weather: heat waves, hurricanes, floods, rip currents, thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and winter weather. Each section includes safety information, historical facts, public service announcements, and downloadable brochures.
Disaster Preparedness for Pets (find it on ipl2)
Tips to ensure your pets are safe in the event of an emergency or disaster. Includes tips for evacuation in a major disaster, a supply checklist for pets and what to do after the storm. Also includes brochures, tip sheets, and links to information for disaster preparedness for horses and farm animals.
Weather Facts and Trivia for Kids
Freezing rain and snow in the southern United States, in spring? Some of you may have heard in the news about the extreme weather that we have experienced lately or you may have first-hand experience. If you are curious about severe weather phenomena, check out these websites.
NEW! Fun Weather Facts
This section of the Kid Cyber website contains an assortment of fun weather facts for students K-6. Links at the bottom of the page will guide you to specific information on topics like clouds, cyclones and tornadoes and ice.
NEW! Funology: The Science of Having Fun!
Funology.com is dedicated to making science fun with tons of activities, games, jokes, and trivia. Check out their pages of wacky weather facts!
Sky Diary KIDSTORM (find it on ipl2: For Kids — Math and Science — Earth Science – Weather)
This site has information about weather phenomena such as tornadoes, lightning and hurricanes, as well as storm chasers, who like to observe and study these phenomena up close.
Do it Yourself Weather!
Want to be the next Al Roker or Sam Champion? These sites offer great tips on building your own weather station so that you can become a forecasting fanatic.
Franklin’s Forecast: Make your own! (find it on ipl2)
This website informs children and teenagers bout various weather phenomena and forecasting. There is a simple experiment demonstrating the causes of El Niño and instructions for building a weather station. There are also links to related science projects, articles, career information, and classroom curricula material.
NEW! Make Your Own Weather Station
Powered by the UK’s National Weather Service, this is a fun site for building your own weather station and starting a weather diary. Once that’s done, feel free to browse the other weather experiments, learn common weather words and explore some fun facts.
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