Virtual Storm Chasing

My 12-year-old son is interested in meteorology and was wondering if anyone made a realistic storm chaser simulator. The closest game we have is Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister.

While searching the internet we found a real-world strategic action game about the art of storm chasing that’s currently in development: http://www.stormquestgame.com. It looks promising but we’ll have to wait!

In the meantime, the Discovery Channel’s Storm Chaser site at http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/storm-chasers features many things to do including videos, games, puzzles, quizzes, interactives, and a “Storm Chasing 101” page.

You can always go to http://www.youtube.com, type in “Storm Chasers,” and find lots of videos there too.

http://www.tornadoproject.com – The Tornado Project is a tornado site with a slightly different twist, focusing on tornado myths, tornado oddities, personal tornado experiences, tornado chasing, tornado safety, and tornadoes in the past as well as more recent tornadoes.

There is an educational weather interactive at: http://www.learner.org/interactives/weather/act_tornado/

Here is a tornado brainteaser from National Geographic: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/geographygames/brainteasertornado/

Here is a printable tornado lesson plan (PDF): http://www.instructorscorner.org/media/resources/schools/Masters/EDU_Tornadoes/6-8%20Tornadoes%20Past%20and%20Present.pdf

And finally…

The Perfect Storm is a compilation of six magazines from Cobblestone Publishing exploring the same theme at the same time – the world of weather! You can download the digital edition for FREE! It contains the complete March 2012 issues of COBBLESTONE (American history for ages 9 and up), ODYSSEY (science for ages 9 and up), CALLIOPE (world history for ages 9 and up), FACES (world cultures for ages 9 and up), DIG (archaeology for ages 9 and up), and APPLESEEDS (history and culture for ages 7 to 10). “We wanted to combine editorial forces and show kids how weather shapes history, culture, science, and technology,” says Lou Waryncia, editorial director. The covers can even be put together to form a mosaic poster depicting nature’s extreme weather fury – drought, flood, lightning, blizzard, hurricane, and tornadoes. Download this awesome 157-page full-color e-book (PDF) at: http://www.cricketmag.com/activeedit/DigitalEditions/1203_perfectstorm.pdf

Hopefully these resources will keep your little storm chaser busy this week. 😉

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