EarthComm Earth's Fluid Spheres: Weather and Your Community Activity 5

Earth's Fluid Spheres book

What is Lightning?

  • "A Lightning Primer" - Global Hydrology and Climate Center - NASA
    Reviews characteristics of lightning and looks at the history of lightning research.
  • "Lightning Safety" - National Weather Service - NOAA
    Site reviews the hazards associated with thunderstorms, including winds, rain, hail, and lightning. Also reviews the development of thunderstorms, where thunderstorms are likely to occur, and how to remain safe during a thunderstorm.
  • "Lightning Safety" - National Weather Service - NOAA
    Answers basic FAQ about lightning, including what causes it, what dangers are associated with it, and more.

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What is Thunder?

  • "All About Thunderstorms and Lightning" - National Weather Service - NOAA
    Answers basic FAQ about thunder and lightning, including what causes them, what dangers are associated with them, and more.
  • "Severe Thunderstorm" - Red Cross
    Site reviews the hazards associated with thunderstorms, including winds, rain, hail, and lightning. Also reviews the development of thunderstorms, where thunderstorms are likely to occur, and how to remain safe during a thunderstorm.

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Lightning Safety Tips

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To complete the investigation, each student group will need:

  • Copies of outline map of the US w/ state borders.
  • Internet access (or copies of recent lightning strike data):
    To view lightning strike maps, visit the SPC Severe Weather Events Archive web site from NOAA.

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To learn more about lightning, visit the following web sites:

  • "A Lightning Primer" - Global Hydrology and Climate Center, NASA
    Reviews characteristics of lightning and looks at the history of lightning research.

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