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SciJinks for Kids: Wild Weather

From tidal curiosities and solar flares to bad weather jokes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s SciJinks website offers a wealth of resources for learning and teaching about Earth’s climate and geography. The site, developed and maintained with the education division of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, also includes a section about weather on other planets and how weather satellites save lives.

In Wild Weather Adventure, a computer-based interactive game for one to four players, kids race around the world in a blimp learning about the planet’s weather patterns. There are cloud galleries, a look at just how big Typhoon Haiyan was, a primer on the steps in the scientific method, and answers to such questions as how to escape a rip current and how snowflakes form. There’s also an interview with Washington, D.C., meteorologist Topper Shutt about how a weatherman knows what to forecast.

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