Where There’s Smoke, There’s . . . Tornadoes?

SCIENCE April 2011 saw the worst day of U.S. tornadoes since 1974, and a new analysis points to fires in Central America as part of the cause. (National Geographic News) Create your own “perfect storm” of a tornado using our Forces of Nature interactive. Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. DISCUSSION IDEAS Read through the Nat Geo … Continue reading Where There’s Smoke, There’s . . . Tornadoes?

2014 Likely to be the Hottest Year on Record

ENVIRONMENT This year is on track to be one of the hottest, if not the hottest, year on record, a U.N. agency has reported. (CNN) Use this activity to learn more about “Earth’s Changing Climates.” Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” In this 26-second video, a color-coded map displays a progression of changing global surface temperatures anomalies … Continue reading 2014 Likely to be the Hottest Year on Record

Forecasting ‘The Longest Day’

WORLD Why was the Normandy invasion so successful? According to Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower, “Because we had better meteorologists than the Germans!” (USA Today) Use our resources to remember D-Day. Discussion Ideas According to the USA Today article, D-Day was delayed a day due to “heavy seas, high winds, and thick cloud cover.” Why would each of these weather patterns deter the invasion? Read … Continue reading Forecasting ‘The Longest Day’

Meteorologist: Does the Wheel of Fortune Produce the Coriolis Effect?

OPINION I wanted to use the recent Pat Sajak tweet to turn a negative to a positive. I don’t know Mr. Sajak so will not judge him, his intent, or ideological perspective. Instead, I will draw out 3 things that can help advance the discourse on climate science. (Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, meteorologist) (Read Pat Sajak’s tweet so you understand what Dr. Shepherd is responding … Continue reading Meteorologist: Does the Wheel of Fortune Produce the Coriolis Effect?

Heart Disease is Blowing in the Wind

HEALTH The agent of Kawasaki disease, a potentially fatal illness in children, floats into Japan on seasonal winds from northeastern China, according to a report. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to learn more about winds and wind patterns. Discussion Ideas Read through the brief discussion of “wind zones” in our encyclopedic entry on wind. What wind zone do researchers suspect of carrying the pathogen … Continue reading Heart Disease is Blowing in the Wind