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Calculate Windchill Temperature from Webmath is a fast way to work out windchill. "This page will tell you how cold it feels outside, based on the fact that the wind is blowing (and makes it feel colder that it actually is.)"

 

Climate Science from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program. "...the goal of the Education and Outreach Program is to develop basic science awareness and increase critical thinking skills focusing on environmental science and climate change for K-12 students." All kinds of science-based kid activities are here.

 

Dew Point Calculator "Use this calculator to explore various combinations of temperature, RH, and dew point." What's dew point? "The dew point temperature is the temperature at which the air can no longer 'hold' all of the water vapor which is mixed with it, and some of the water vapor must condense into liquid water." (from Weather Questions.com)

 

Earth: A Global Wind Map Quoting Daily Kos: " ... a new graphical development called the Earth Wind Map has set a new standard for combining fascinating imagery with (near) real-time wind information. Check it out and we think you'll agree that the 'wow' factor is off the chart...

...the interactive map allows users to monitor wind patterns virtually anywhere on earth. The Google Earth-style display lets you adjust the globe's image to pinpoint any spot on the planet. Data is updated every three hours.

While flow patterns indicate wind direction — almost hypnotically — all over the planet, a subtle color scheme indicates wind strength, with gentle breezes represented by thin green lines, stronger winds by bright yellow, and extreme winds by red."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haboob, or giant windy sandstormHaboobs, or giant windy sandstorms. These monsters happen worldwide in desert areas. The American Southwest gets quite a few. Yes "haboob" is an Arabic word - like "coffee", "sofa", "algebra", "apricot", "alcohol", "average", "borax", "Aldebaran" ( the star), "alligator", "candy", "chemistry", "sugar", "tuna", "zero", and many more.

Here are some sites with more information:

  • Haboobs: The weather phenomena with an unusual name is no joke
  • What is a Haboob? from Accuweather.com
  • Thunderstorm Winds and Dust Storms
  • Washington-Idaho Haboob Blankets Spokane
  • Arizona monsoon: What is a haboob?
  • Driving into an Arizona Haboob (pull off the road and wait it out)
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    Hailstones and hailstorms

     

    Here's a Wikipedia photo of a hail shaft!
    It's the white column coming down from the storm cell.
    Get caught under one of these and there'll be hail to pay!

     

     

     

     

    Here's a Wikipedia photo of storm clouds showing the infamous greenish color that means there is hail inside.

     

     

     

    World Record Hailstone Click the link for a bigger photo of this world record hailstone.

     

     

    How Does Hail Form? Scientist explains how on this YouTube video.

     

    Examine an animation of hail forming. From ClassZone.

     

    Hail stones photo from Science Kids, a New Zealand site that's world class.

     

    Giant Hail Breaking Windshield (June 10, 2010 Last Chance, Colorado) is the title of this YouTube video. Four minutes of guys driving while hailstones smash their car! For sure this will bring home what it's like to be in an extreme hail storm. Yes there really is (or was) a Last Chance, Colorado.

     

    Here are two graphics and another photo:

    Cross section of hail cloud

     

    Another simplers cross section of a hail cloud

     

    Hermosa hailstone June 2015.jpg Hermosa, South Dakota, June 2015

     

     

    Big hailstones from South Dakota 2013 These are also from South Dakota, along the edge of the Black Hills. These were large enough to dent cars, break windows, and rip leaves from trees. These stones had concentric white layers with light blue centers.

     

    Remember, if you see a big, very dark cloud with green sections in it, take cover.

     

     

    We hope you've enjoyed getting "hail-smart"!

     


     

    Hurricanes, Typhoons & Cyclones All about these extreme storms. Animated guides explain hurricanes, typhoons, and tornadoes, with lots more information to read.

     

     Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds

    Hover over the photo to learn more.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lightning Who else but WGBH in Boston would have a great nine minute video about lightning, with links and teacher help, too?

    Lightning in ultra slow motion

     

    NOAA Tracks storms, hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes - a huge site with many links. Track hurricanes by clicking on the NOAA Storm Tracker on the left of the page. The Storm Tracker has a popup with various maps and data.

     

    National Hurricane Center NOAA's central site for tracking hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones, worldwide. All three are types of huge, ocean-going wind storms. They have different names in different sections of the globe. The start page shows Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes. This site has many sections, and it also links to other weather sites. Use it properly and learn an awful lot about these big and dangerous storms.

     

    National Weather Service Enhanced Radar Image Loop National Mosaic Watch thunderstorms, blizzards, and other weather move across America in nearly real time! Click on any area that interests you to see a closer look at local weather.

     

    Natural Disasters "Animated guides to the world's most devastating phenomena." Five interactive gifs explain the basics of "how stuff works" with

  • Hurricanes - The destructive power of hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones
  • Tornadoes - How tornadoes form and the damage they can cause
  • Earthquakes - How and why the Earth moves - and different types of quake
  • Volcanoes - How they are formed and what happens during an eruption
  • Tsunamis - How earthquakes at sea can trigger devastating waves
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    Riding the Winds with Kalani - A Weather Adventure Weather for Primary Grades. This very colorful set of pages from U of I's Urban Extension covers the sun, seasons, temperature, types of clouds, and types of precipitation. Colorful, animated, and narrated, the site makes it easy for younger students to "get" these concepts.

     

    Science News for Students is for ages 10 and up. Very interesting and NOT dumbed-down sections on: Atoms and Forces, Earth and Sky, Humans and Health, Life, Tech and Math, and Extra. Factual articles cover subjects in depth (examples: Electronic Skin, Cars of the Future, Caecilians - the other amphibian, Anesthesia MRIs, the Little Ice Age, Seabird Math, No Frostbite for Dogs, Life Beyond Earth. Plenty of graphics to grab interest.

     

    Skypunch (hole in clouds) Skypunch More properly called a "fallstreak hole"

    This is only a natural meteorological phenomenon. This happens all over the world.

    Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover.

    When some people see these, they think it's the end of the world. They have thinking that since prehistoric times.

    It is not a secret government conspiracy. It's just that some people are easily entertained and want to believe.

     

     

     

    Supercells are the most severe classification of thunderstorms. Even though it is the rarest of storm types, the supercell is the most dangerous because of the extreme weather generated.

    Colorado Supercell

    Credits: Science Is Awesome on FB/ Top photo: Ryan Shepard, Greeley, CO, or check him out on Facebook logo

     

    Lower photo: Jeremy Holmes Photography It's NOT a painting, it's a photo!

    Nebraska Supercell

     

     

    Supercell StormCredit: University of Illinois

     

    Wikipedia has an excellent description, and beautiful, scary graphics.

     

    “A beast”: Shocking, enlightening supercell thunderstorm photos from Nebraska. These are pretty much definitive!

     

     

    A Supercell Thunderstorm Over Texas This is the famous Mike Olbinski video! It is scary. Also a great and valuable video record of one of these things in action.

     

    Here's a Mike Oblinski photo of an eerie green and purple storm with mammatus clouds.

     

    Jaw-dropping Photographs Capture the Sublime Power of Superstorms These photographs say it all (and have descriptions). If you live somewhere these monsters never pass through, be glad. From Robert T. Gonzalez on IO9.

     

     

    storm of June 16 2015 by Michaela Mader Thumb.jpgStorm of June 16, 2015 by Michaela Mader from the Black Hills FB page, which does photo contests of the area.
    Scary, stunning, beautiful, horrible, awesome, and awful. To really bring this monster home, click on this thumbnail
    and see a much larger copy!

     

     

    The Thermohaline Circulation - The Great Ocean Conveyor Belt, from NASA. Watch as the warm water of the Gulf Stream flows north to the Arctic. The warm water is the reason Europe is not frozen solid, like northern Canada. Watch as the water comes up to Greenland and Iceland; and then sink down and get colder, denser, and saltier. Then the now-cold current heads south along the ocean floor. After it flows around the world, it picks up heat, rises and then flows back north. This video explains it very simply and in 3D!

    Please give credit for this item to:
    NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio The Blue Marble Next Generation data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC) and NASA's Earth Observatory. The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

     

     

    Supercell 2013Time-Lapse: Mesmerizing "Stormscapes" Dominate Skies This 2:59 video of an extra-large and nasty supercell system was shot during the summer of 2013 in extreme eastern Wyoming. This was just off the western edge of the Black Hills, between Newcastle and Wright. "The menacing, magnificent storm clouds of Wyoming come to swirling life in this time-lapse, "Stormscapes," by photographer Nicolaus Wegner. He braved lightning and the erratic fury of supercell storms to capture these images in the summer of 2013." Video credits are at the end, please watch them.

     

    The Weather Channel Kids! Local forecasts, weather for trips, on your desktop, a Dictionary, a Glossary, a resource guide, teacher resources, weather games (in progress), more.

     

    Web Weather for Kids  Old and respected kids weather site covers clouds, blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms with games, activities, lots of good information and many links to more "stuff."

     

    Weather Infographics from Weather Underground "Welcome to Weather Underground's infographics library. Browse these engaging infographics to discover the science behind weather in a simple and fun way." Sixteen engaging infographics explain phenomena like, "Why is the Sky Blue?", sundogs, volcano types, earthquakes, rainbows, hurricanes, floods, droughts, monsoons, and more.

     

    Weather Questions This page answers your weather questions! It's in alphabetical order, and answers everything from "What are Aerosols?" to "What is Wind Shear?" Easy to read and accurate answers.

     

    Weather Wiz Kids  A site from a working television meteorologist. "I designed this website especially for kids to allow them to learn more about the fascinating world of weather. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents that gives them the right tools they need to explain the different types of weather to children. " Huge menu on the left side of the home page has tons of weather and geology-related links.

     

    Wind Chill Calculator from NWS. Enter a temperaure in Celsius or Fahrenheit. Enter the wind speed in miles per hour, kilometers per hour, knots, or meters per second. Click Convert, and you're done. Results are given in Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Watts per meter squared. The site also has the formula used to do the conversion, with tips on what to change to get more exotic results.

     

    wind maps gallery wind map "An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US." Fantastic art accurately reflects current winds!

     

     

     

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