While we welcome warmer temperatures, the spring’s surly weather has us watching the skies. This year, despite a slower than normal start, the storms are starting to ramp up. See the NOAA site to compare monthly and yearly tornado counts. Understand the science behind this fascinating, if not frightening, weather phenomenon.
High school students identify the conditions that lead to dangerous tornadoes on the Powerful Storms page of the Weather Interactive. The virtual Storm Chaser activity allows students to track storms through Tornado Alley.
Watch elementary classrooms explore how light affects weather patterns, including wind and storms, in Science in Focus: Shedding Light, workshop 8.