Extreme Weather

Each of the regions are affected by dangerous weather conditions, but not all of the regions are affected by the same ones. The four types of extreme weather conditions we will be exploring are thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards.

Go to UCAR's Dangerous Weather site to find out about the four main types of extreme weather that affect the four regions of the United States. Be sure to pay attention to the location of each phenomena, how each one forms, and the ways you can keep safe if you are caught in one.

activity.jpgOn your Regions of the United States Map, add a symbol for each type of extreme weather condition that each region is affected by. For example, if we were to include wildfires on the map, I could draw a flame on all of the regions but would only have the flame on the western region because most wildfires occur in California. The following map symbols are available on my photo bucket. Print your completed map with your name and number on the bottom left corner.
forest fires

activity.jpgIn a group of 3-4, create a public service announcement for one of the four extreme weather conditions (thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, or blizzards). You must record your PSA, edit it, and pictures or film to it before presenting your final product to the class.

All of the following information must appear in your video.
  • Explains the dangers associated with your extreme weather condition.
  • Identifies the region most affected.
  • States when (season or months) the greatest danger may occur.
  • Briefly lists the kinds of damage that may result.
  • Includes safety tips.

The following websites along with the books provided in the classroom will help you gather information for your public service announcement.