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This week's Planet Earth focus is Extreme Weather: Storms, Hurricanes and Tornadoes


A normal storm is where there is heavy rain and strong winds. What changes a normal storm into a thunderstorm is the presence of thunder and lightning. 

Can you find out why we see lightning before we hear thunder?


Read through the PowerPoint and then try the activity below:

What Causes Thunder and Lightning?

A SciShow Kids viewer wants to know, "Why do lightning and thunder happen?" Get your raincoat, because Jessi will take you inside a thunderstorm to give you ...

Activity: Name That Storm

Do you know how storms get their names? Find out and have a go at the following activity:


Hurricane | The Dr. Binocs Show | Educational Videos For Kids

Hey Kids, after explaining Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano in detail, Dr. Binocs is here to explain Hurricane in his own style. Watch the video and learn all...


What is a Tornado? The Dr. Binocs Show | Best Learning Videos For Kids | Peekaboo Kidz

Hi Kidz! Welcome to a BRAND NEW SEASON of the DR. Binocs show. Have you ever wondered how extreme the climate change on our planet can get? Watch this video ...

Present your new knowledge about hurricanes and tornadoes


News Reporter

Imagine that you are a major television reporter for BBC news and you have a 60-second live update slot later today.  You need to update people on the weather and what to expect in the next few hours.  Will there be storm surge? What should people do?  How can they prepare?  You could film your bulletin on a phone or iPad and stand under an umbrella for effect.  You could even ask someone to pour water over the umbrella whilst they're filming you!


Create a fact file, poster, leaflet, booklet, PowerPoint, sculpture or piece of art which presents an example of extreme weather and the destruction it can cause. You could choose tornadoes, hurricanes or storms and how you organise this is entirely up to you.


Imagine you are working for the local weather office in an area where a tornado or hurricane is expected to happen. Can you create a poster/leaflet to help local people understand what they can do to stay safe and minimise damage?

Try to include the following:

  • A description of the extreme weather event
  • What the warning signs are
  • The risks of the extreme weather event
  • How far in advance will they know it is going to happen?
  • What can they do before, during and after?
  • Advice about how to prepare, tailored to different audiences
  • Advice on how to behave if and when the extreme weather event occurs
  • Any emergency service information
Extreme Weather Art

Now put all of your new knowledge to the test: