Ch 18: Weather Events

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This chapter on weather events will give your middle school students an overview of the various kinds of weather events that happen on a regular basis. Each video lesson includes a full video transcript, which allows students to read what they are watching and keep notes.

Weather Events-Chapter Summary

These video lessons can be used to support what your students have already been learning about weather conditions in the classroom. Each lesson is led by one of our subject matter experts. Some of the topics that students will learn about include cyclones, air movement patterns, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

LessonObjective
What Are Cyclones?-Types, Causes & Effects Students learn the different types of cyclones and what causes them.
The Polar Front Theory of Cyclogenesis This lesson explains the polar front theory of cyclogenesis and the lifecycle of a cyclone.
Air Movement Patterns & Their Effects on Cyclones Students identify how air movement patterns effect cyclones.
The Characteristics & Formation of AnticyclonesThis lesson teaches students the meaning of anticyclones, their features, and how they are created.
The Processes that Form Lightning Students will learn the definition of lightning, its different forms, and the manner in which lightning is produced.
What Are Thunderstorms?-Definition, Types & FormationInstructors define what a thunderstorm is and give an overview of how they are formed.
Air Mass Thunderstorms: Characteristics & StagesLesson defines air mass thunderstorms and how to identify them, as well as the different phases of these thunderstorms.
Multicell & Supercell Thunderstorms: Characteristics & TypesVideos present the features of multicell and supercell thunderstorms, as well as the different forms of these thunderstorms.
Storm Types: Downbursts, Derechos, Microbursts & HaboobsInstructors identify and explain various storms, which include downbursts, derechos, microbursts, and haboobs.
Geographical & Temporal Distributions of ThunderstormsStudents explore the allocation of thunderstorms throughout the world.
What Are Tornadoes?-Definition, Causes & The Enhanced Fujita ScaleVideos demonstrate how tornadoes are created and the role of the Enhanced Fujita Scale.
Hurricanes: Types, Formation, Causes & EffectsLesson focuses on explaining how hurricanes are created.
Forecasting Hurricanes & Creating AdvisoriesInstructors teach students about the practice of forecasting hurricanes and issuing advisories.

13 Lessons in Chapter 18: Weather Events
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What Are Cyclones? - Types, Causes & Effects

1. What Are Cyclones? - Types, Causes & Effects

Cyclones are storms that have a low-pressure center and are rotating. Learn the causes and effects of different types of cyclones, understand variables in their formation, and discover the monumental impact they can leave on everything in their wake.

The Polar Front Theory of Cyclogenesis

2. The Polar Front Theory of Cyclogenesis

The Polar Front Theory of cyclogenesis explains how mid-latitude cyclones are formed. Learn about the Polar Front Theory of cyclogenesis and the characteristics of cyclogenesis.

Air Movement Patterns & Their Effects on Cyclones

3. Air Movement Patterns & Their Effects on Cyclones

The varying air movement patterns in the atmosphere cause the formation of cyclones. Learn about airflow in the midlatitudes, the meridional flow and divergence of Rossby waves, and the life cycle of midlatitude cyclones.

The Characteristics & Formation of Anticyclones

4. The Characteristics & Formation of Anticyclones

The formation of anticyclones is caused by the varying pressure regions in the atmosphere. See an introduction about anticyclones and learn about the formation and characteristics of anticyclones.

The Processes that Form Lightning

5. The Processes that Form Lightning

Lightning is formed after going through several stages in the atmosphere and it is always accompanied by thunder. Learn about lightning, thunderstorm development, the process of lightning formation, and the different types and categories of lightning.

What Are Thunderstorms? - Definition, Types & Formation

6. What Are Thunderstorms? - Definition, Types & Formation

A thunderstorm is categorized as a heavy rainstorm that includes thunder and lightning. Learn more about thunderstorms, how they form, and where thunder and lightning come from.

Air Mass Thunderstorms: Characteristics & Stages

7. Air Mass Thunderstorms: Characteristics & Stages

An air mass thunderstorm is a thunderstorm that develops independently of another weather front. This lesson explores air mass thunderstorms, looking at the characteristics and stages that it undergoes.

Multicell & Supercell Thunderstorms: Characteristics & Types

8. Multicell & Supercell Thunderstorms: Characteristics & Types

Multicell and supercell thunderstorms are severe storms that typically have strong winds and heavy rain. Study the characteristics and types of thunderstorms, including multi-cell, squall line, and supercell thunderstorms, and learn how thunderstorms can come together in mesoscale convective complexes.

Storm Types: Downbursts, Derechos, Microbursts & Haboobs

9. Storm Types: Downbursts, Derechos, Microbursts & Haboobs

A thunderstorm is a severe weather event that typically includes heavy rain, thunder, lightning, and strong winds. Learn about different types of thunderstorms, including downbursts, derechos, microbursts, and haboobs, as well as squall line thunderstorms and the differences between the various types of thunderstorms.

Geographical & Temporal Distributions of Thunderstorms

10. Geographical & Temporal Distributions of Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms occur every few seconds all over the world and are caused by various environmental factors. Learn about thunderstorm development, the causes such as convection, cold fronts, and orographic lifting, thunderstorms in polar regions and deserts, and understand the temporal distribution of thunderstorms.

What Are Tornadoes? - Definition, Causes & The Enhanced Fujita Scale

11. What Are Tornadoes? - Definition, Causes & The Enhanced Fujita Scale

Tornadoes are dangerous spinning funnel clouds with wind speeds that can reach 300 mph, and they affect millions of people every year. Learn about the definition/causes of tornadoes and how scientists classify tornadoes using the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

Hurricanes: Types, Formation, Causes & Effects

12. Hurricanes: Types, Formation, Causes & Effects

A hurricane is a dangerous spinning tropical storm that affects millions of people every year and is commonly characterized by wind speeds in excess of 74 mph. Learn about the causes, effects, types, and formation of hurricanes.

Forecasting Hurricanes & Creating Advisories

13. Forecasting Hurricanes & Creating Advisories

Hurricanes can be forecasted and advisories are created to warn the population of oncoming hurricanes. Learn about hurricanes, how they are forecasted, and how the Saffir-Simpson Scale is used in hurricane advisories.

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