When you are learning about weather in science, or in your homeschool you will encounter some basic weather terminology. It seems like everyone knows what tornadoes and hurricanes are. These large natural disasters that make the news on a regular basis. We understand to watch for severe weather warnings, and thunderstorms, but do your kids know about strange weather? If your kids want to know more, they will enjoy these free resources all about strange weather!
There are some strange weather events, or phenomenon that can be common, but aren’t heard of all of the time. They are pretty strange, and exciting to learn about and to watch. Have your kids ever seen a fire rainbow? Do they know what a haboob is? Have they seen a water spout over a lake or ocean? These are super fun to learn about, and would be a great addition to a weather unit study.
Let’s learn about few strange weather happenings with these free resources:
Water spouts can be pretty mind blowing to see. It is a whirling column of air and water mist that forms a funnel over water. They are often called sea or water tornadoes and can be very destructive.
Dust Storms and Haboobs:
Dust storms are crazy. They can be very difficult to see and drive through. I remember driving through my first dust storm in Arizona. It was worse than heavy Florida rainstorms. I had to pull over on the side of the road to let it pass. We literally saw desert tumbleweeds flying across the road, like something out of an old western movie.
I am sure you have seen it in the news and experienced the beautiful sunsets. As well as the allergies from all of the dust from the Saharan dust storm. These articles will help you learn more about this African storm, that reached America this past week.
Why a Saharan Dust Storm is Heading is Heading for the United States – with lots of videos and data.
The name is very odd, and your kids will find it quite hilarious. A haboob is a dust storm of massive proportions. They occur in sandy, dusty areas that have extremely dry conditions. This is a serious and intense storm that can completely envelope and cover an entire city!
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Students will use a combination of written narration, copywork, drawing and labeling alongside the book to learn all about weather, natural disasters, and meteorology.
Fire rainbows are a rare phenomenon that can only occur when the sun is higher than 58 degrees above the horizon. While the sun light passes through cirrus clouds that are made of ice crystals it forms a type of prism. This makes an appearance of a flashy rainbow that looks like the shape of a fire in the clouds. This is really not a rainbow that is on fire, it is a circumhorizontal arc that can only occur in optimal weather conditions.
Check out this video to learn more about what a fire rainbow is made out of!
You may also enjoy these other FREE weather resources:
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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