Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy makes her way up the East Coast, many people are preparing for a serious storm.  While there are those excited by the prospect of high winds and torrential rain, others, like elementary students, may be nervous and confused about what to expect.  As always, providing information may alleviate their fears.

Perhaps you can review these resources with your child tomorrow as they have the day off from school.

NASA Science Files for Kids: An interactive site that describes Hurricane Structure, Formation and Movement. 

Saffir-Simpson Scale: This NASA site explains the rating scale used for hurricanes.  Hurricanes are rated on a scale of 1-5.  A category 1 hurricane is less intense than a category 5.

Hurricane Names: Learn how hurricanes are named and find a list of names that have been or will be used.   Is your name here?


Discovery Channel Video:  This video explains how hurricanes form and describes some of the damage caused by them.

Hurricane Minute: A series of video clips from the Weather Channel Kids that are each one minute in length.  The content is more suitable for older children.

KidsKnowIt Network: This short video pairs animation with words to explain how hurricanes work. (Although there are ads on the side of the site this might work for younger students).

Video Explaining How Hurricanes Work and How they Get their Name
         (Two commercials are embedded in this video)


Family Education:  This site gives clear directions on how to prepare for a hurricane. This is more for parents to use with their children.

Ready America: This site is also for use with your children.

FEMA: A site that helps kids plan a 'disaster kit' and family 'disaster plan' and more.


The Weather Channel Kids Look up the weather in your location using your zip code, play weather related games and more.  This site offers all kinds of different resources for kids and teachers.

FEMA for Kids:  This site has information on hurricanes and other disasters.  It has pages to show how to prepare for emergencies, how to protect your home and pets and more.

Weather Wiz for Kids Learn all about the wonderful world of weather through this site designed especially for kids (teacher & parent resources as well.)

Kidstorm:  Provides links and information about storms. For kids, parents & teachers.

Weather Coloring Books: This site has coloring books in PDF form to help kids understand severe weather.   (Should probably be used with parent as there is a lot of information.)     

National Weather Service: Here you will find the National Hurricane Center with all kinds of information. 
StormPulse:  Track Atlantic & Pacific Hurricanes, other storms and more.

Hurricane Resources:  A collection of sites compiled by @Cybraryman1

Putting the power in kids' hands by helping them learn about natural phenomena like hurricanes will hopefully ease their fears through understanding and at the same time create an interest in their world.


  1. Thank you for these valuable resources and for showing concern for our children. Hoping everyone stays safe while we ride out whatever is to come.
    Lisa Fair

    1. Hoping that all the Boyden families are safe and enjoying this unplanned time together.

  2. HI Mrs Carroll
    I learned that you can track hurricanes by satellite, radar and by flying airplanes into the middle of the storm. I also learned that most of the time hurricanes stay on the water and tornadoes stay on land. Hope you still have electricity!

    1. Can you imagine flying a plane into the middle of the storm? One would have to be very brave to do something like that. Though the information they retrieve must be so valuable.

      Thanks for working on your day off!

  3. I learned that tropical storms are not as dangerous as hurricanes and hurricanes need 50 to 70 mile winds.

    1. The wind certainly has been whipping itself around here. Some of the gusts have caused little branches to fall from our trees. I would not want to see the 70 mile per hour winds. Hopefully, the storm loses its strength soon. Thanks for reading up on it.

      See you tomorrow.

  4. Hey Mrs.Carroll I learned that in hurricanes like hurricane Sandy that they name them in alphebetical order by using Alpha Betta and Gamma in Greek letters


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