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Created by Dorian Janney Last updated 5/16/2016

Here is a list of useful resources for teaching about hurricanes and monsoons.

  • Hurricanes

    This is a lesson plan about hurricanes that uses TRMM data. It has a PowerPoint presentation, a Teacher's Guide, several Student Capture sheets, and supporting resources.
    AAAS Benchmarks: MS-ESS3-2
  • SciJinks: Whirlwind Disaster

    This article discusses how hurricanes form, are named and categorized. An online game related to hurricanes is included, as is a short video featuring Hurricane Katrina.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E5
  • Hurricanes and Hot Towers with TRMM

    In this lesson, students will think about their experiences with hurricanes and severe storms, and then learn the basics of what causes hurricanes to form. Students will learn how hurricane prediction has progressed, and how satellite technology is used to see inside storms to get improved data for enhancing computer-based mathematical models. To share what they’ve learned, students will create a news report (script or comic strip) to tell others about hurricanes and hurricane prediction. This lesson uses the 5E instructional model. -
  • GPM: Hurricanes Beyond the Tropics

    When New England was hit by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, there was not a satellite monitoring tropical storms that far north; the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) was operating in a band between the 35-degree latitudes. The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission will change that. GPM will build upon TRMM's capacity by examining a larger swath of Earth with instruments that are more advanced and more sensitive. This video introduces the GPM satellite, its instruments and their capabilities. -
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/M7
  • MY NASA DATA: Hurricane Frequency and Intensity

    Correlations between sea surface temperatures and the frequency and intensity of hurricanes are investigated in this lesson. The activity focuses on six named hurricanes that occurred between 1999 and 2009. Satellite data on those hurricanes, along with corresponding sea surface temperature data, will be downloaded and plotted. Students will analyze that data for evidential links, hypothesize about the possible effect on hurricanes of continual ocean temperature increases, and predict related implications for residents of coastal areas. This lesson uses student- and citizen science-friendly microsets of authentic NASA Earth system science data from the MY NASA DATA project. It also includes related links, extensions, and an online glossary.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/M9, 9B/H4, 12D/H7, 4B/H2
  • Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel Educational Video

    NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission uses NASA's Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to study tropical storms and hurricanes. This nine-minute video describes the mission, reveals details about the Global Hawk aircraft, and offers a glimpse inside the command centers of both the ground-based pilots and the scientists who analyze satellite images to assist in flight navigation. The video concludes with information about getting students involved directly from the classroom through computer monitoring of the Global Hawk's flight patterns and participating in live chats with the ground-based pilot -
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E5, 4B/M7
  • Hurricane Katrina

    This problem-based learning module asks students to consider how future climate change could impact the frequency and intensity of hurricanes. They are tasked with studying the trends and impacts of hurricanes on coastal regions. They proceed by conducting an Earth system analysis, examining connections and causal chains of impact that are set in motion by the hurricane throughout the Earth's atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere. Teacher notes, rubric, and background resources are included. The student pages are available as a separate page that can be printed or displayed on a computer.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E5, 3C/H4
  • Climate Kids: El Niño Quiets Monster Storms

    The brief introduction to El Niño presented in this article also offers insights into its role during the quiet 2009 hurricane season. This article is part of the Climate Kids website, a NASA education resource featuring articles, videos, images and games focused on the science of climate change
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E5
  • TRMM at 15: The Reign of Rain

    This video summarizes the contributions of NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) toward the understanding of weather and climate, global rainfall, El Niño, and tropical storms, as well as the applications of that science. TRMM was launched in 1997; the video was produced in celebration of TRMM's 15-year anniversary
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E5, 4B/M7
  • MY NASA DATA: Hurricanes as Heat Engines

    In this data analysis activity, students explore how hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean surface by tracking Hurricane Rita and sampling sea surface temperatures along its path. Step-by-step instructions for use of the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS) guide students through selecting a data set, importing the data into a spreadsheet, creating graphs, and analyzing data plots. The lesson provides detailed procedures, related links and sample graphs, follow-up questions, extensions, and teacher notes. Designed for student use, MY NASA DATA LAS samples micro datasets from large scientific data archives, and provides structured investigations engaging students in exploration of real data to answer real world questions.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 1B/M1b, 4B/H2
  • Building for Hurricanes: Engineering Design Challenge

    This activity is a short engineering design challenge to be completed by individual students or small teams. A real-world problem is presented, designing buildings for hurricane-prone areas, but in a simulated way that works in a classroom, after school club, or informal education setting. Students are given simple materials and design requirements, and must plan and build a tower as tall as possible that will hold up a tennis ball while resisting the force of wind from a fan. After the towers are built, the group comes together to test them. If there is time after testing, which can be observational or framed as a contest between teams, students can redesign their towers to improve their performance, or simply discuss what worked well and what didn’t in their designs.
  • Climate Prediction Center - Global Monsoons

    This is the link to the Climate Prediction Center's latest data on monsoons.
  • Observing Monsoon Weather Patterns with TRMM Data | Precipitation Education

    Students will learn about measuring precipitation on the ground and using satellites, and use satellite data to analyze the reason for the monsoon weather pattern in India.This website, presented by NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, provides students and educators with resources to learn about Earth’s water cycle, weather and climate, and the technology and societal applications of studying them.