Extreme Weather – cyclones, droughts, storms, tornadoes

Image: Tornado Warning by Rachel Gardner on Flickr

We have selected these resources to support you when you need information relating to the science of extreme weather, including cyclones (also called hurricanes and typhoons, depending on their location), tornadoes and droughts.SCIS 1702173 

See also: Earth science - Volcanoes; Earth science - Tsunami; Disasters - Natural; Disasters – New Zealand; Disasters – Preparedness;

Climate education for K -12
Comprehensive information on all aspects of weather, including extreme weather. Use the drop down menus or scroll through the index to find the aspects required, such as severe weather, and drought.1702173 

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Drought for kids
The causes of drought, its impacts and what we can do about it.

Suggested level: primary

Guide to Extreme Weather
Brief overview of hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes and thunderstorms. Has interactive sequences.

Suggested level: primary

To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers, use the search term weather.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

NIWA: Stuff for Students
New Zealand information for students about weather, including common questions about storms and cyclones and droughts from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Severe weather 101
Feathures ‘questions and answers about weather phenomena, including tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, floods, damaging winds and winter weather.’ Also has frequently asked questions around cyclones and tornadoes.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Te Ara
New Zealand information about weather including factors determining weather in New Zealand, cyclones, floods and tornadoes.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

What is a tornado or a hurricane and how do they form?  The science of weather explained. Includes general weather information. Written by a meteorologist.

Suggested level: primary

Britannica Online School Edition provides information on the different types of extreme weather. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Storm song, by Nancy Viau, 2013 (picture book)
Water witcher, by Jan Ormerod, 2006 (picture book)
Zane and the hurricane: a story of Katrina, by Rodman Philbrick, 2014 (fiction)

NOVA PBS: The Coriolis effect. Youtube. 3.05

Scientific American: How do tornadoes form? Youtube. 1.50

VEA Australia – New Zealand: What causes drought? Youtube. 2.39