Children's LiteratureAt this very moment, over 2,000 storms are happening around the world. Hundreds of lightning bolts are striking the earth and in colder climates, swift, bitter winds are bringing snow. With many full color photos, maps and illustrations, this book begins at the beginning, explaining what makes weather, how storms form, what causes lightning, and how to recognize different types of clouds. Included is information on how blizzards are forecast by meteorologists and a brief history of famous storms around the world. The photos and illustrations are especially well done and include some fascinating photos of polar storms, hail stones and tornadoes. The latter sections of this book take a look at how storms and blizzards affect people, including how to stay safe in a storm, and a brief look at the work of rescue dogs. For kids who want to get in on the action, there is a "Recipe for Disaster," with directions for making lightning. The book ends with a brief glossary and index. From ancient myths about angry gods to modern Doppler radar, this is a thorough and captivating introduction to the science of storms and blizzards. This book is part of the "Disaster Alert" series by Crabtree Publishing Company. 2004, Crabtree Publishing Company, Ages 6 to 12.