Studylist of the Week: Weather Words

Sometimes, with all of our cars and buildings and roads and hospitals and zoos and nice safe houses, we forget who’s really in charge around here.

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Mother Earth.

But with raging storms, earthquakes, floods, and other huge acts of nature, She has her ways of reminding us.

The Vocablets in the Weather Words studylist showcase some of Mother Nature’s awesome might while also making vocab words memorable!

 

The Amazon, located in South America, is the largest rainforest in the world and one of the wettest places on Earth.

However, the shortage of rainfall that the region has experienced since the start of the 21st century has scientists worried about its future.

 

St. Elmo’s fire is not just an iconic 80′s movie — it’s also a weather phenomenon that creates a bright blue or violet glow under the right conditions.

In atmospheric electric fields (like during a thunderstorm), air molecules separate into ions, creating luminous plasma.

 

 

The one who shaped the mountaintop trees of South Africa with artistry and precision into their gracefully curved forms is a notoriously slow creator.

Wind has the reputation of a great destroyer, but given enough time, it can also be a sculptor of great beauty.

 

 

Venezuela had an exceptionally wet rainy season in 2010, which scientists attributed to a climactic phenomenon called La Nina.

The huge quantities of fast falling rain caused floods that swept through towns and destroyed thousands of homes, killing dozens of people.

 

The efforts of human beings to control or even simply to understand our world can seem paltry and small when faced with the truly formidable power of Earth.  So much that we are able to create can be taken out in an instant by an angry planet.

It is a humbling thought.

Do you have any stories of amazing weather phenomena to share?  Has any huge natural event happened where you live?  Tell us about it in the comments!

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