Did You Know? (Storm Edition)

A typical cloud may be hundreds of feet high, but a storm cloud may have a total height of over six miles. It can also contain an amazing 250,000 tons of water—that’s the weight of 1,000 Jumbo jets!

I found this information on page 59  in the enjoyable children’s book Ask Me Everything. It has facts, stats, lists, records and more. I wish I had this when my children were young and asking why, why, why.

The Coming Storm by Mark Maslin explains the causes of freak weather, including how global warming and the greenhouse effect impact the earth.  Extreme Weather by H. Michael Mogil gives good explanations about all kinds of weather with informative but simple-to-understand diagrams and lots of photographs of disastrous weather events.

Storms can be terrifying for children. The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow is a Caldecott Award-winning story that can be read to small children to help them understand thunder and lightning. Don’t worry, there’s a happy rainbow ending.

1 Dead in Attic is a collection of short stories by columnist Chris Rose recounting the first year and a half of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Some of the stories are truly inspirational, while the others just make you glad to be alive.

Hemingway’s Hurricane by Phil Scott tells of the Great Florida Keys storm of 1935.  On Labor Day weekend the Weather Bureau broadcasted hurricane warnings. The superintendents of three government work camps housing more than 600 WWI veterans did nothing to evacuate the people. Phil Scott chronicles the days of the calamity, Ernest Hemingway’s horror at returning two days after the storm and the congressional investigation that followed.

Relax. Not all storms are so bad. Take Wall by British artist Andy Goldsworthy for example. He is known for creating art outdoors from natural materials. Goldsworthy built a 2,278 foot stone wall at Storm King Art Center on the Hudson River in Mountainville, New York. This book has some gorgeous photographs showing how the wall changes with the seasons. It is shaded in summer and beautifully colored with leaves in the fall. This is one storm I wouldn’t mind seeing!


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