(via Weather Wiz Kids)
I stumbled across Weather Wiz Kids when I was researching my "10 Ways to Learn About the Weather" post. I was so happy to discover such a comprehensive weather website created for kids. You'll find explanations of weather phenomena written for kids, fun facts, weather safety information, experiments, games, and even jokes. You'll find information there for all ages of kids, their parents, and teachers. If you're looking for ways to teach about weather, Weather Wiz Kids should be your first stop!
Weather Wiz Kids was started by Crystal Wick, a meteorologist from Indiana. I recently asked Crystal more about herself and her Website.
(Dark clouds over western Colorado)
Why did you start Weather Wiz Kids?
I started Weather Wiz Kids back in 2003 when I was working as a morning meteorologist in New Orleans, Louisiana. I visited several schools to teach kids about weather, but I couldn't answer everyone's questions. So, I decided to create a website to teach kids about weather and allow them to email me any of their weather questions.
What can someone expect to find on Weather Wiz Kids?
Weather Wiz Kids is an educational website for teachers, parents and kids. You will find an ample amount of kid-friendly information on all types of weather and even natural disasters like volcanoes and earthquakes.
When did you become interested in weather? Why?
Ever since I was a child, I have always been fascinated with the weather. I remember going outside with my father and watching thunderstorms pass by. During one thunderstorm in particular, a tornado ripped through my hometown of Kendallville, Indiana and just missed my grandparents' house. It was one of the scariest moments of my life and is one of the reasons I am a meteorologist today.
What are the benefits of learning about weather?
I believe knowledge is power. Weather impacts all of us, from what we wear each day to the crops that grow to provide us food. Understanding weather is important, because it can save our lives. Knowing what to do in a severe weather situation or as a hurricane approaches can mean the difference between life and death. It's important that all of us have a family disaster plan in place.
What is your favorite weather phenomenon?
I'm fascinated by tornadoes. It's amazing to me the strength and power they have and the destruction they leave behind. Every state in the United States has been effected by a tornado, so I can't express how important it is to have a family disaster plan in place.
Weather Wiz Kids has many ideas for weather experiments you can do in your home. I asked Crystal which would be best for preschool-aged children and she suggested "Make Your Hair Stand Up" and "Tornado in a Bottle." You can check out the "Weather Experiments" page for 39 different experiments!
Thank you Crystal for answering my questions! If you want to learn more about Crystal and weather, please visit Weather Wiz Kids or follow Weather Wiz Kids on Facebook.