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 Discover! Weather Volume 2: Extreme Weather

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Discover! Science Library

Announcing the first titles in new Discover! Science Library for grades 6-8 and 9-12, have the following features and components:

  1. Interactive multimedia tutorials: Each unit includes up to 200 screens with text and pictures/illustrations plus interactive exercises and lots of video clips. All core text is fully narrated (with an on/off option). Built to pedagogically correct standards with appendices for advanced research.
  2. Two text levels: Students can toggle between grades 9-12 and grades 6-8 text levels or stay at one of the two text levels throughout. All vocabulary checked for age appropriateness.
  3. One 30-minute, high-resolution, digital video associated with each unit, with content indexing and one-click navigation.
  4. Quizzes for the students and Test Banks for teachers.
  5. Teacherís Guides and state and national curriculum correlations on our website.

System Requirements

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 10+, Safari 4+, Opera 9+

In this unit:

Quizzes and Test Banks

Manual

Interactive Exercises

  • 1_8 Lightning
  • 1_9 Hail
  • 1_13 Wind Directions of the Earth
  • 1_19 Changes of State
  • 1_21 Exposure to Storms
  • 4_1 Winter Air Currents of North America
  • 5_5 Cloud Heights
  • 6_5 Tornadoes

Movies and Animations

  • 1_1 Hurricane Jeanne
  • 1_3 Tropical Storm Christobal
  • 1_6 Average Global Lightning 1998
  • 1_10 Tornado
  • 1_14 Tropical Cyclone Crystal
  • 1_17 Hurricane Coast
  • 1_19 Hurricanes in Advanced CO2 Climate
  • 2_1 El Nino
  • 2_2 Hurricane Coast
  • 2_5 South Western Drought
  • 3_1 Anatomy of a Hurricane
  • 3_2 Hurricane Floyd
  • 3_5 Hurricane Andrew
  • 3_7 Hurricane Hugo
  • 3_9 Storm Track Map
  • 4_1 Winter 2001-2002
  • 4_3 Winter of 1996-97
  • 5_1 Monitoring a Flood
  • 5_3 North Dakota Flood
  • 5_4 Mid West Floods of 1993
  • 5_7 Red River Flooding
  • 5_9 Desertification
  • 5_10 Dust Bowl of the 1930s
  • 6_1 Tornadoes

Interactive Multimedia Tutorial Tables of Contents

Lesson 1: Stormy Weather

  • 1.1 Dramatic Instability
  • 1.2 Thunderstorms
  • 1.3 Hot Air Rising
  • 1.4 The Anvil
  • 1.5 Inside a Thundercloud
  • 1.6 Charged!
  • 1.7 Shock Wave
  • 1.8 The Thunderbolt in Myths
  • 1.9 Hail
  • 1.10 The Twister
  • 1.11 The Waterspout
  • 1.12 Extratropical Cyclones
  • 1.13 Born Along the Front
  • 1.14 Life of a Cyclone
  • 1.15 Opposites
  • 1.16 Jet Streams
  • 1.17 The Hurricane
  • 1.18 Bathroom Weather
  • 1.19 The Power Source
  • 1.20 The Eye of the Storm
  • 1.21 The Human Price

Lesson 2: Billion Dollar Storms

  • 2.1 Billion Dollar Disasters
  • 2.2 Hurricanes and Storms
  • 2.3 Winter Storms and Cold Waves
  • 2.4 Floods
  • 2.5 Droughts and Heat Waves

Lesson 3: Hurricanes

  • 3.1 Anatomy of a Hurricane
  • 3.2 North America's Hurricane Prone Coasts
  • 3.3 Natural Forces
  • 3.4 Hurricane Strength
  • 3.5 Hurricanes Andrew and Charley
  • 3.6 Hurricane Mitch
  • 3.7 Hurricane Hugo
  • 3.8 Global Forces
  • 3.9 Hurricane Season

Lesson 4: Winter Storms

  • 4.1 Winter Storms
  • 4.2 Blizzards
  • 4.3 Blizzard Hazards
  • 4.4 The East Coast Blizzard of 1996
  • 4.5 The 1993 Storm of the Century
  • 4.6 Blizzard of 1947
  • 4.7 Past Winter Blasts
  • 4.8 Ice Storms

Lesson 5: Floods and Droughts

  • 5.1 Flash Floods
  • 5.2 The Power of Moving Water
  • 5.3 Major Floods of the 1990s
  • 5.4 The Great Midwest Floods of 1993
  • 5.5 California Cloudbursts of 1995
  • 5.6 Arizona Heavy Rains
  • 5.7 Red River Flood of 1997
  • 5.8 Droughts
  • 5.9 Desertification
  • 5.10 The Dust Bowl
  • 5.11 Droughts Around the World
  • 5.12 Long Term Changes

Lesson 6: Tornadoes

  • 6.1 Tornadoes
  • 6.2 Funnel Clouds
  • 6.3 On the Ground
  • 6.4 Waterspouts
  • 6.5 Sources

Note: Appendices A, B and C are common to all Discover! titles.

Appendix A: Scientific Method

  • A.1 The Need to Know
  • A.2 What Makes Science Different?
  • A.3 Induction
  • A.4 The Scientific Method
  • A.5 Hypothesis and Deduction
  • A.6 Experiments and Observation
  • A.7 Acceptance of Hypotheses
  • A.8 Theories and Laws
  • A.9 The Cycle of Scientific Inquiry
  • A.10 Scientists Build Models
  • A.11 Scientific Theories and Revolutions
  • A.12 Scientists Doing Science
  • A.13 Open Communication
  • A.14 Ethical Responsibilities
  • A.15 Role of Technology
  • A.16 Science and Society

Appendix B: Measurement Systems and SI Units

  • B.1 The Need for Common Units
  • B.2 Some Old Units of Measurement
  • B.3 Problems with Different Measurement Systems
  • B.4 The SI (Metric) System
  • B.5 Basic Units of SI
  • B.6 Derived Units
  • B.7 More Derived Units
  • B.8 Decimal Multipliers
  • B.9 SI Prefixes
  • B.10 Scientific Notation
  • B.11 Large and Small Numbers
  • B.12 Exact and Approximate Numbers
  • B.13 Precision Measurements
  • B.14 Significant Figures
  • B.15 Scientific Notation and Precision
  • B.16 Accuracy and Precision
  • B.17 Dangers of Many Digits
  • B.18 Working with Scientific Notation

Appendix C: Careers in Science

  • C.1 Careers in Science
  • C.2 Careers in Geology
  • C.3 Careers in Oceanography
  • C.4 Careers in Atmospheric Science
  • C.5 Careers in Astronomy
  • C.6 Geological Field Safety

xMedia Movie

Hurricane Force (28 min.)

A detailed look at the nature of hurricanes and their impact on coastal habitats. Contains background information on the formation, structure and classification of hurricanes and how hurricanes can devastate fragile coastal habitats.

  • Introduction
  • Hurricane Prone Coasts and Damages
  • Storm Surge
  • USGS Scientists Study Hurricane Effects
  • Coastal Geology and Hurricanes
  • How Hurricanes Form - Tropical Cyclones
  • Coriolis Effect
  • Hurricane Intensity Categories and Speeds
  • The Eye of the Hurricane
  • Tremendous Heat and Rain Produced
  • Hurricanes at Sea and Storm Surge
  • Geologists Explain Louisiana Studies
  • Single Costliest Disaster in U.S.A. History - Hurricane Andrew 1992
  • Barrier Islands Protect Wetlands
  • Sea Floor Elevations Before / After Andrew
  • Wetlands Long Term Biological Survey
  • Subsidence - Sinking Wetlands
  • Wetland Disruptions
  • Impacts on Coral Reefs
  • Hurricane Hugo 1989 - Colebra
  • Hurricane Iniki 1992 - in Hawaiian Islands
  • Overwash
  • Depth of Offshore Controls Overwash
  • Side Scan Sonar Images
  • Sub Bottom Profiles
  • Importance of Coastal Hurricane Regions and Impacts on Human Development
  • Hurricane Gilbert 1988
  • Summary of Hurricane Impacts - Research and Modern Instrumentation

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