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WEATHER: What forces affect our weather?
Water Cycle
Powerful Storms
Ice and Snow
Changing Climate

Web Sites

USA TODAY Weather: Hows & Whys
An extensive collection of weather graphics, many of them interactive, on topics ranging from how high- and low-pressure areas interact to how tsunamis form.

Windows to the Universe
Includes a section on Earth, with information about weather events, the atmosphere, and much more. Features three reading levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

USA TODAY: Cold Science
News and features about the Antarctic expedition of journalist Jack Williams.

NOVA Online: Stormchasers
"A Day in the Life of a Stormchaser" features events in the life of one tornado chaser. A "Weather Facts and Events" page provides background on monsoons, hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning, and the weather events associated with these severe storms.

Storm Spotter's Guide
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's guide to severe storms includes basic information, a glossary, rules for safe stormchasing, and links to illustrated brochures.

Tornado Chase Day
Calling itself "an image site for tornado chasers, meteorologists, sky lovers, and dreamers," Tornado Chase Day features photographs of tornadoes, lightning, hail, and more.

This bimonthly magazine offers a scientific (though slightly sensational) look at weather events. Featured topics include tornadoes, flash floods, avalanches, lightning, and the "climythology" of U.S. weather.

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Includes a glossary of snow-related terms, a snow fact sheet, and features on avalanches, glaciers, blizzards, and more. NSIDC is also home to the World Data Center-A for Glaciology.

25 Microscopic Images of Snow Crystals
See images of snow crystals under an electron microscope.

This site helps you prepare for a tornado.

The National Severe Storms Laboratory: Weather Room
Educational weather information for kids, parents, and teachers. Includes printable weather coloring books for young children.

The Weather World 2010 Project: Online Guides
Four online guides from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Atmospheric Science provide information and instruction on everything from wind and clouds to weather satellites.

The Hurricane Hunters
Follow the Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron as they fly into the eyes of storms.

National Hurricane Center
The Tropical Prediction Center has the latest tropical storm forecasts, as well as historical data, satellite imagery, and storm facts.

The Why Files: Environmental Science
How do massive hurricanes develop? Can we predict tornadoes? Is Antarctic ice melting because of global warming? Select topics for the facts behind the weather news.

The Weather Channel: Weather Glossary
Have you always wondered whether "wind chill" really matters? From absolute humidity to Zulu time, this useful glossary will clear things up.

NOVA Online: Tracking El Niño
Find out how El Niño works—and what the arrival of La Niña means to the world's weather.

El Niño Theme Page
Information about El Niño and La Nina from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Reports to the Nation on Our Changing Planet: El Niño and Climate Prediction
An overview of El Niño's effects on global climate patterns. Includes a discussion of how El Niño was identified and where it got its name.

StormFax Winter Weatherlore and Folklore Forecasts
"For every fog in August, there will be a snowfall in Winter," and other folklore about the weather.

Ozone Depletion Resource Center
A collection of Environmental Protection Agency resources on ozone and its depletion in the atmosphere.

Cloud Catalog
A catalog of cloud types with information about the weather they're usually associated with.

The Old Farmer's Almanac online—with weather lore, long-range predictions, and articles on the history of the Almanac itself.

The Official Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Site
Meet the groundhog in Groundhog Day—Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil—and get the scoop on his "predictions."


Braving the Elements: The Stormy History of American Weather, David Laskin. Anchor Books, 1997.

Earth Shock: Climate Complexity and the Force of Nature, Andrew Robinson. Thames & Hudson, 1993.

Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones, David Longshore. Facts on File, 1998.

Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere, C. Donald Ahrens. Wadsworth, 1997.

Forecast Disaster. The Future of El Niño, Henry F. Porter. Dell, 1998.

The Handy Weather Answer Book, Walter A. Lyons. Visible Ink Press, 1996.

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather, David M. Ludlum. Knopf, 1991.

The Old Farmer's Almanac Book of Weather and Natural Disasters, Benjamin A. Watson. Random House, 1995.

Riddle of the Ice: A Scientific Adventure into the Arctic, Myron Arms. Anchor Books, 1998.

Skywatch: The Western Weather Guide, Richard A. Keen. Fulcrum, 1988.

Snow in America, Bernard Mergen. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.

Storm Chaser: In Pursuit of Untamed Skies, Warren Faidley, Stu Ostro. Independent Publishers Group, 1996.

Under the Whirlwind: Everything You Need to Know About Tornadoes but Didn't Know Who to Ask, Jerrine Verkaik, Arjen Verkaik. Whirlwind, 1998.

Watching Weather, Tom Murphree, Mary Miller, Exploratorium. Owl Books, 1998.

The Weather Book, Jack Williams, USA Today. Vintage, 1997.

The Weather Sourcebook: Your One-Stop Resource for Everything You Need to Know to Feed Your Weather Habit, Ronald L. Wagner, Bill Adler, Jr. Globe Pequot Press, 1997.

Wind: How the Flow of Air has Shaped Life, Myth, and the Land, Jan Deblieu. Houghton Mifflin, 1998.

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