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Activity 2 - A Thunderstorm Matures

Use the resources listed below to help you complete this activity.


To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

How Clouds Form

"Clouds" - NASA
Brief online article reviews the conditions surrounding cloud formation and also explains how precipation is "released" from clouds.

"Understanding Clouds and Fog" - USA Today
Site reviews how and where clouds typically form. Includes some graphics and additional links to help students understand clouds.

Types of Clouds

"Clouds Types" - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Site explains the basis for cloud classification. Click on links to view cloud images and learn more about specific types of clouds.

"Cloud Types" - Windows to the Universe - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Click on the cloud groupo or cloud type of interest to view an image and relevant text.

The Mature and Dissipating Stages of a Thunderstorm

"Thunderstorms and Lightning...the underrated killers!" - 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.


Inquiring Further:

To learn more about volcanoes and weather, visit the following web site:

"Do Volcanoes Affect Weather?" - USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory

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Last updated: May 11, 2010

This project is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation and the AGI Foundation. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.




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