Lightning, Hurricanes, and Blizzards: The Science of Storms


What causes thunderstorms and lightning Where and why do hurricanes form How are blizzards more dangerous than other snowstorms To answer these questions, you'll need to know about nature's most powerful weather events. Storms of all types and sizes occur around the globe. Each storm needs just the right combination of weather conditions to form and become dangerous—or even destructive. In this fact-packed book, discover how storms form, where they strike, and what makes them so...

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What causes thunderstorms and lightning Where and why do hurricanes form How are blizzards more dangerous than other snowstorms To answer these questions, you'll need to know about nature's most powerful weather events. Storms of all types and sizes occur around the globe. Each storm needs just the right combination of weather conditions to form and become dangerous—or even destructive. In this fact-packed book, discover how storms form, where they strike, and what makes them so powerful.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - James Rutkowski
One of a series of books concerning the weather, this book focuses on the major storms that occur in North America. The author introduces the budding meteorologist to the four processes that can create storm: convection, condensation, convergence, and the Coriolis Effect. To begin the study, one must understand the types of weather fronts and the movement of air produced as these fronts converge. Given the right conditions, this convergence can produce winds that move in a cyclonic or spiraling pattern, creating a powerful storm. The exploration of thunderstorms describes their formation, the creation of lightning, and some safety tips to follow in the event of such a storm. Tornadoes and hurricanes occupy the next two chapters as one learns about the conditions required for their formation, the ways they travel, and the destructive force they are capable of producing. Included in each chapter is the scale that measures these storms, the wind speeds for each category, and the types of destruction that may occur. To complete the book the author has described how blizzards, ice storms, dust storms, and waterspouts form and the potential damages that may result from their formation. Throughout the reading, photos, maps, and diagrams assist the reader in understanding the principles involved and a resource section can lead to further research. Reviewer: James Rutkowski
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822575368
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Weatherwise Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Fleisher has spent his working life as an educator and writer. His books for young people cover a variety of science, ecology and natural history subjects. He has also written several widely-used classroom activity books on thinking games, social activism, and creative writing.

Paul currently works as an adjunct professor in the school of education at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as assistant to the director of the Richmond Peace Education Center. He also teaches classes in writing at the University of Richmond. Prior to taking early retirement in 2005, he taught gifted elementary and middle school students in the Richmond, Virginia Public Schools for almost 30 years. During that time, he helped develop numerous interdisciplinary instructional units on topics including Humor, Justice, Engineering and Design and The Art and Science of Music. Paul was in the vanguard of teaching educational technology in Richmond Public Schools, teaching computer programming and web design to his students. He has offered workshops on team-building, thinking games, teaching writing, and other topics at educational conferences for many years.

Paul remains an activist for peace and social justice. He currently serves on the boards of the Virginia Forum and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. He has also served terms on the Virginia Education Association's Fitz Turner Commission for Human and Civil Rights, and the Virginia Chapter of the ACLU. In 1988 Paul received the Virginia Education Association Award for Peace and International Relations and in 1999 he was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education.

It is Paul's great good fortune to be married to educator Debra Sims Fleisher, who has taught him much of what he knows about working in a classroom, as well as how to live as a more decent human being. In his spare time Paul is an avid gardener, cook, and reader.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

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    An amazing series

    Around the world people experience many different kinds of weather. Some of the weather people experience can be extreme while other weather events such as mild rainstorms can be useful and life giving. With advances in technology, scientists are better prepared to predict severe weather than they ever have been. For example, people who live in areas where hurricanes occur are able to evacuate early because advances in technology let meteorologists predict these storms several days in advance of landfall. One thing you may not realize is that "a storm's energy comes from the sun's heat." In order to understand how storms develop we need to look at the "four Cs: convection, condensation, convergence, and the Coriolis effect." After you read about the four Cs, you will get a crash course in many facets of natural phenomenon that create weather you see or hear about. Examples of such phenomenon include air pressure, air masses, fronts (warm, cold, occluded, and stationary), zones, the thermal, currents, and you'll learn several other interesting facts that will help you understand how weather works. Once you have a basic understanding of these concepts, you'll be able to take a closer look at lightning, hurricanes, and blizzards. This book also gives you a glimpse at ice storms, dust storms, sand storms, dust devils, and water spouts. Did you know that there was a massive sandstorm in 2001 that "covered an area larger than the state of California?" You'll just have to read the book to find out where it was. This book will excite the young student who is fascinated by weather phenomenon and wants to know more about it. The writing was very clear, concise, and easy for the average student to understand without dumbing down any of the concepts. What I especially liked were the diagrams that accompanied the discussion of certain topics. For example, when lightning bolts were discussed, a three-stage diagram showed the process of a stepped leader and illustrates how a flash of lighting is created. The material is presented in such a way that it is almost exciting to read about and learn how storms are formed. There are numerous informative sidebars scattered throughout the book that add a lot to the text. The student can read detailed information about such things as the Fujita Scale, the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale, and the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, a selected bibliography, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. Quill says: This is one of four in the "Weatherwise" series, an amazing series that parents, educators, and librarians should consider adding to their shelves!

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