Over the last 10 years, more than 5,000 people have died in the U.S. because of tornadoes, tropical storms, hurricanes, floods, lightning strikes and extremes of heat or cold. During the same period, hazardous weather events caused over $150 billion in property damage.
Severe weather can be a dangerous and costly enemy. The more we know about the weather and the better we understand it, the safer we will be when it threatens us.
It’s never too early to start to learn more about weather and weather safety. Did you know that the National Weather Service has an online weather school called JetStream? For the past 15 years, JetStream has served as NOAA’s Online School for Weather, an information source to help educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety. JetStream is designed with a comprehensive, well-organized, and colorfully illustrated curricula designed to help teach about the wonders and dangers that abound in the Earth’s atmosphere.
JetStream has lesson plans and experiments that can be used in the classroom. They cover a variety of topics, such as the atmosphere, ocean, clouds, thunderstorms and many more. In addition to lesson plans, JetStream also provides instructions for hands-on activities!.Students can create their own Cloud Spotter Wheel and 3-D Water Cycle Model. Learn how at weather.gov/jetstream/LL_headclouds and weather.gov/jetstream/LL_watercycle_craft.