Joaquin Wreaks Havoc

WEATHER The hurricane currently battering the Bahamas exploded in intensity two days before forecasters predicted. (Nat Geo News) See what makes hurricanes tick by making one yourself—with our Forces of Nature interactive! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map and our Educator of the Week’s guidance on teaching about natural hazards. Discussion Ideas According to Nat Geo … Continue reading Joaquin Wreaks Havoc

Storms Sweep through the Southern Plains

ENVIRONMENT Storms battered the Southern Plains, as far east as Florida and as far south as Mexico, resulting in deadly floods, a rush of tornadoes, and gale-force winds. (CNN) Use our activity to create your own weather map, and take a look at our own with today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Storms Sweep through the Southern Plains

Watch the Sahara Fertilize the Amazon

SCIENCE On one side of the Atlantic is one of the driest splotches of land on Earth. On the other side is one of the wettest and most fertile. Despite the miles of open ocean separating the Sahara and Amazon, the two locales do share a commonality—nutrient-rich dust. (UPI) Take a look at a satellite photo of the so-called Sahara dust layer. Teachers, scroll down … Continue reading Watch the Sahara Fertilize the Amazon

Geography in the News: Nor’easters, Love or Loathe?

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM As a prelude to winter 2014, extremely strong winter storms hit the eastern half of the United States in November. Cold interior conditions can lead to strong coastal storms throughout the winter, bringing bitter cold, high winds, rough seas and heavy snows to New England. These intense coastal storms are called nor’easters. Skiers in … Continue reading Geography in the News: Nor’easters, Love or Loathe?

Monsoon Floods Kill Hundreds

WORLD Landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed nearly 300 people in large swaths of northern India and Pakistan, officials say. (Associated Press) Use our resources to learn more about monsoons. Discussion Ideas Read through our encyclopedic entry on monsoons. According to our entry, monsoons always blow from cooler to warmer regions. Where are the winds of southern Asia’s devastating monsoon … Continue reading Monsoon Floods Kill Hundreds