Stormy Weather

March 1, 2019
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The sky is dark. The clouds are heavy. The wind is strong. It’s storming! Storms happen all around the world. But not all storms are alike. Here are four types of storms. Have you been caught in a storm?

Thunderstorm

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During a thunderstorm, the sky is dark. Lightning flashes. Thunder cracks. Boom! Heavy rain falls.

Hurricane

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Hurricanes bring strong, swirling winds. They form over warm ocean water. Sometimes, they reach land.

Blizzard

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A blizzard is a dangerous snowstorm. Blizzards bring high winds and heavy snowfall. During a blizzard, it can be hard to see. Snow falls for hours. It can pile up high!

Tornado

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A tornado is a spinning funnel of wind. It can form when hot and cold air come together. Tornadoes are powerful. Like hurricanes, they can cause a lot of damage.

Did You Know?

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A meteorologist is a scientist who studies weather. He or she warns people when strong weather is coming. This helps people stay safe during storms.