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Section 3 Thunderstorms and Flash Floods

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Section 3: Thunderstorms and Flash Floods.


Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about severe weather events in your community, visit the following web sites:

    National Weather Service Warnings and Forecasts, NOAA
    Click on your state to see if there are any current watches, warnings, or advisories for your community.

    How Much Severe Weather Occurs in My Community?, NOAA
    Provides web links to help you determine how your community has been affected by severe weather.

    Severe Thunderstorm Events, NOAA
    Click on the “Index of Events” tab to view a list of severe thunderstorm events that have occurred in the U.S. since 2000.

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Resources

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

Development of a Thunderstorm

Information about Thunderstorms, NOAA
Defines and gives facts on thunderstorms, explains the conditions necessary for thunderstorm development, the stages of a thunderstorm, and types of thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms and Lightning...the Underrated Killers!, NOAA
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.

Floods

Floods, FEMA
Introduction to floods and flash floods. Includes suggestions for preparing for a flood and facts on the devastation caused by floods.

Flash Floods and Floods...the Awesome Power!, NOAA
Explains how flash floods occur, presents information on devastating flash floods in the US, defines the different types of floods, and reviews steps for protecting oneself from flood damages.

River Conditions, NOAA
Current listing of floods in the United States.

Flooding, NOAA
General information on floods, flood conditions, and how floods are monitored.

Thunderstorm and Camping Safety, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorology
Includes tips on protecting oneself from flash floods associated with thunderstorms while in the outdoors hiking or camping.

Lightning and Thunder

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

Thunderstorms and Lightning...the Underrated Killers!, NOAA
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.

Weather Safety: Lightning, NOAA
Explains the dangers associated with lightning and ways to avoid thunderstorm threats.

Preparedness Fast Facts - Thunderstorms, Red Cross
Reviews the hazards associated with thunderstorms, including winds, rain, hail, and lightning and how to remain safe during a thunderstorm.

Lightning Safety Tips

Thunderstorm and Camping Safety, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorology
Includes tips on protecting oneself from lightnig associated with thunderstorms while in the outdoors hiking or camping.

National Lightning Safety Institute, NLSI
Provides personal as well as structural lightning safety tips.

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