The Big Storm

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On the lost day of March in 1982 a storm swept off the Pacific coast. Over the next six days the weather system crossed the United States, developing into one of the most powerful spring storms ever recorded. It caused heavy rains in California, avalanches in the Sierra Nevada, blizzards in the Rockies, tornadoes in the Midwest, and deep snow from the Great Lakes to the East Coast.

How did one storm cause so much damage? And where did it come from? This book explains how big ...

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Overview

On the lost day of March in 1982 a storm swept off the Pacific coast. Over the next six days the weather system crossed the United States, developing into one of the most powerful spring storms ever recorded. It caused heavy rains in California, avalanches in the Sierra Nevada, blizzards in the Rockies, tornadoes in the Midwest, and deep snow from the Great Lakes to the East Coast.

How did one storm cause so much damage? And where did it come from? This book explains how big storms are created, and how they travel, with illustrations and simple diagrams of weather patterns. Once you know the story of this big storm, you'll never look at a rainy day the some way again.

While describing a particularly devastating storm that moved across the United States, creating havoc in March-April, 1982, presents information on basic weather phenomena.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Snow? In April? In New York? Enough to delay the Yankee's 1982 season-opener four days! Mr. Hiscock profiles the unprecedented blizzard as it proceeded from its Pacific start to its Atlantic end. He smoothly integrated explanations of the storm's manifestations en route, which included tornadoes in Texas, hail in Kentucky, and record-low temperatures in the Appalachians.
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Gr 1-5-In a format similar to his Big Tree (1991) and Big Rock (1988, both Atheneum), Hiscock describes the effects of a storm that hit the United States in the spring of 1982. With simple, well-chosen words, he conveys a wealth of information about weather. While describing the various stages of the storm, the author smoothly weaves clear descriptions of concepts such as cold fronts and atmospheric pressure into the text. The storm is traced over seven days, so readers are able to see how all of the stages fit together and affect one another. Forecasters try to plot where warm and cold fronts will meet and cause dangerous conditions, and the anticipation is truly suspenseful. Hiscock's illustrations are unspectacular but effective, particularly the diagrams. He does not spell out the meanings of various symbols used in several of the weather maps, but because they relate directly to the scene described, they are easy to decipher. The pictures include meteorologists, adults stuck in traffic, and children watching weather reports, playing in the snow, and reacting to the elements in other ways. Gail Gibbons's Weather Words and What They Mean (Holiday, 1990) and Lynda Dewitt's What Will the Weather Be? (HarperCollins, 1991) introduce the topic to the same age group, but The Big Storm is exceptionally thoughtful, well crafted, and involving.-Steven Engelfried, Alameda County Library, CA
Kay Weisman
Hiscock's informative picture book chronicles the course of a devastating storm that crossed the U.S. in spring 1982. He tracks the progress of the low-pressure system that caused heavy rains along the Pacific Coast, avalanches in the Sierra Nevadas, blizzards in the Rockies, tornadoes in the Midwest, and deep snow from the Great Lakes to the East Coast. Brightly hued watercolor paintings portray the storm in a variety of ways: aerial satellite views, diagrams of fronts, close-ups of tornadoes touching down, and captioned diagrams explaining hail formation. Although the text is far more comprehensive than the format might suggest, Hiscock writes clearly and precisely: younger readers who may not understand all the meteorological concepts will still grasp the geography of North American weather patterns and enjoy the drama of this particular storm.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689317705
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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