What makes a twister twist? Where does acid rain come from? Is it true that snow is sometimes green? Or even red? Can it really rain cats and dogs . . . and frogs?<br> <br> Join popular ABC-TV weather forecaster Spencer Christian as he explores the amazing--and sometimes unpredictable--world of weather. Look inside a flash of lightning. Mix up your own instant rainbow. Find out how caves "sing" and if a tornado can actually pluck the feathers off a chicken.<br> <br> It's an action-packed tour of the world's strangest weather events--with lots of easy-to-do activities that let you experience the secrets of nature up close. Plus dozens of fascinating sidebars, fun facts, and illustrations bring the world's wonders to vivid life. What's the weather? It's awesome!<br> <br> For children ages 8 to 12<br> <br> Also available in Spencer Christian's World of Wonders series: Shake, Rattle, and Roll: The World's Most Amazing Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Other Forces
In this chatty entry in the Spencer Christian's World of Wonders series, the Good Morning America personality puts together anecdotes, odd facts, brief experiments, and information on weather phenomena. Under discussion are basic weather patterns, clouds, rain, snow, hail, thunder, lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes, weather instruments, and related folklore. Quirky facts from around the world are presented without sources, and the experiments are not always well-conceived: For a rain gauge made from an empty olive jar (with a ruler to mark off inches), readers are told to gather rain in a coffee can (to pour into the gauge), but not that the size of the can will influence readings. In another experiment, readers are instructed to put a flameproof glass cake pan filled with water on a stove top (the illustration shows a gas burner) over low heat to show that water moves from cool to warm areas; those pans are not always intended to sit directly on gas flames, and heating only one area may cause cracking. This in an interesting and readable book, but readers may have to go to other sources for safer activities, and to gain clearer distinctions between facts and folklore. (Kirkus Reviews)
Meet the Wild and Wonderful World Weather Machine.
Reading the Sky: The Secrets of Clouds.
Yes, It Really Can Rain Frogs!: Rain of All Sorts.
Nature's Sound and Light Shows: Thunder and Lighting.
Wild Winds: The Awesome Power of Hurricanes and Tornadoes.
Frozen Stuff: When Weather Gets Flaky.
Songbirds and Satellites: How Animals and Instruments Help Us Forecast the Weather.
Groundhogs, Shadows, and Silly Sayings: The Truth about Weather Lore.
Series: Spencer Christians World of Wonders
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
For Grades: 3 - 7
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 10th July 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 17.8
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1