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Severe Weather Primer
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Postsecondary
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This content resource provides detailed information about severe weather phenomena. Learn more about thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, hail, winter weather, damaging winds, and lightning. Information such as a description of what the weather condition is, how it forms, and what we know about it is included. Additional information about climatology, detecting and forecasting, potential damage and impacts, risks and safety, FAQs, and related links are provided for each of the weather phenomena.

This resource is not a complete lesson. It could be incorporated into a lesson or unit on severe weather for middle and/or high school students. This resource may also be helpful to teachers who would like to enhance their knowledge of severe weather. (ts)

Ohio Science Academic Content Standards (2002)
Earth and Space Sciences
Benchmarks (3–5)
Analyze weather and changes that occur over a period of time.
Benchmarks (6–8)
Describe interactions of matter and energy throughout the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (e.g., water cycle, weather and pollution).
Benchmarks (9–10)
Explain that many processes occur in patterns within the Earth's systems.
Benchmarks (11–12)
Describe how Earth is made up of a series of interconnected systems and how a change in one system affects other systems.
National Science Education Standards
Earth and Space Science
Structure of the earth system (Grades 5 - 8)