Full Video |15:00

Full Video |15:00

Thunderstorms and lightning thrill and captivate young people as storms happen around the world. Through dynamic time-lapse videography, students learn about the process of convection and how it turns cumulus clouds into cumulonimbus clouds. Spectacular lightning images show the electrical power inside storms. Animation and simple experiments illustrate how lightning, thunder, hail, tornadoes, microbursts, and flash floods occur. Careful attention is given to safety when encountering lightning and floods. Appropriate shelter from thunderstorm hazards is presented, as viewers learn that thunder is merely sound and that lightning is the real threat to safety. Students learn to appreciate thunderstorms as a natural element of weather, as the purpose and benefit of thunderstorms are discussed.

©2001 Metstorm| Grade(s) 3-5

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  • clouds
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  • cumulonimbus
  • cumulus
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  • downdraft
  • electricity
  • equator

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