Cool Storm Tracking Tools for Kids
Track tornadoes, epic snowstorms, hurricanes and more from the safety and comfort of your couch.
Maria Bailey and Sarah Burns
When Mother Nature puts on her most dramatic show in the sky, storms are always the headliner. They’re loud, flashy, wet, and windy, creating a volatile spectacle that can be downright exciting (and sometimes scary) to watch. Whether you’re in it for the science or the thrill, these storm-chasing resources have you covered!
But first, what are storms?
To put it simply, storms are powerful disturbances in the atmosphere that bring about severe weather, including heavy rain, heavy snow, high winds, lightning, thunder, hail, and tornadoes. To discover fascinating facts about how and why these storms take place, Weather Wiz Kids has you covered! The site, designed by a real-life meteorologist, is where you can find the answers to all of those nagging storm (and weather) related questions: Why is snow white? How do tornadoes form? What is the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon? Weather Wiz Kids has these answers and even more.
Chase storms in real time
Experience extreme weather events — as they happen, when they happen — with Live Storm Chasing! As one of the only live-video platforms created specifically for storm chasers to share their live video feeds, adults and kids (nine and above) can see how they navigate tornadoes, snowstorms, floods, and more, in real time. The immersive and interactive experience is available on desktop, TV, and mobile for IOS or Android so that you can stay in the know about the latest extreme weather reports from across the country.
Experience storms interactively
Hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning collide in the Extreme Weather by Kids Discover app, featuring high-definition videos, interactive experiences, quizzes, and more on storms and other extreme weather events. Learning about the science behind the climates of extreme heat and cold across the world is made easy and fun with this interactive iPad app for kids in upper elementary and middle school.
Get up close and personal with a tornado — virtually
Mother Nature’s most violent yet awe-inspiring storms, tornadoes can reach incredible wind speeds of up to 300 miles per hour, leaving a path of destruction and devastation in its path. The gravity of such a colossal weather phenomena is hard to fully comprehend, but this 360-degree virtual video brings us closer to imagining how it must feel to see a towering column of air barreling towards you. Turn around (using your mouse) to see what monster storm is forming behind you in Wray, Colorado.
Be a snow scientist for the day
You’re tracking an epic snowstorm heading your way, which means there’s no better time to get the supplies you need to make your own snow gauge. A snow gauge is what meteorologists use to measure how much snow has fallen over a specific period of time. You can quite easily do this at home, too, making for a fun snow activity with the fam. Learn everything you need to know to measure snow correctly, and perhaps put a creative spin on the experiment by following the steps to this fun and easy snow gauge craft.