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					Title: Storm Chasers                                                                                  Level: T

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       □ People who follow and study hazardous weather
Main Idea:
       ‫ ڤ‬In this informational text, storm chasers’ work is described and the dangerous weather conditions
           they face are explained.

Dark Skies Ahead
   ‫ ڤ‬When thunderheads and lightning form in the sky, and warning sirens ring, storm chasers go out to
      begin their work, watching the storms.

What Are Storm Chasers?
   ‫ ڤ‬Storm chasers are people who study severe storms. They follow storms and try to predict where they
      will happen.

Photographer: Warren Faidley
    ‫ ڤ‬Storm chasers have many different jobs. One is a severe-weather photographer—Warren Faidley. He
      takes pictures of powerful storms, like tornadoes. He drives a special van filled with equipment and
      cameras to film the storms at all different times of day.
    ‫ ڤ‬This is dangerous work because of lightning, which kills about 100 people each year. Lightning strikes
      metal objects and Faidley’s cameras are made of metal, so he has to be very careful when chasing

    ‫ ڤ‬Other storm chasers are researchers who do experiments and collect information about where the
       tornadoes occur. This helps to predict when and where tornadoes will happen so that people can be
    ‫ ڤ‬Tornadoes are not easy to find. Many tornadoes happen in the Great Plains, in the center of the U.S.,
       called “Tornado Alley.”
   □ Researchers use maps, weather instruments, sensors on their cars and computers to follow the tornado’s
       changing path. They must be able to change routes as the storm they are chasing, changes direction.
    ‫ ڤ‬Tornadoes happen when a cool dry air mass meets a hot, moist air mass. When they meet, a spiral wind,
       called a vortex, forms. This spiraling wind forms a funnel with winds up to 300 mph. These winds
       cause much damage and kill up to 80 people a year. Storm chasers help to warn people about the

Hurricane Hunters
   ‫ ڤ‬Hurricane hunters are storm chasers who fly planes to track hurricanes from June 1 to November 30, the
       time when most hurricanes happen.
   ‫ ڤ‬Pilots fly into the eye or center of the hurricane. They drop a machine called a dropsonde connected to a
       parachute. As it passes through the hurricane, it sends signals back to the plane to help the forecasters
       follow the hurricane.
   ‫ ڤ‬A hurricane, or tropical storm can be 200 miles wide and have winds of 150 mph. The winds cause
       waves as high as 25 feet as they travel over the ocean. Forecasters give names and numbers from 1-5 to
       identify the hurricanes and describe their danger level.
Storm Spotters
    ‫ ڤ‬The last kind of storm chaser is a storm spotter. They watch the skies from one place or from many
       places, looking for storm signs. They report their information to local centers where the information is
       used to warn cities and small towns about upcoming storms.

Safety First
    ‫ ڤ‬Storm chasers are experts about weather and especially storms. They watch, and warn others, but safety
        is their first concern, for themselves and for others.

   Text           Anchor Texts                     Reasons                               Text Evidence
Storm            The Lion, the Witch,      Variety of genre, including       Non-fiction, includes science topics, along
Chasers           and the Wardrobe by        informational texts                with geography themes.
(50)                C.S Lewis               Requires student to sustain    Diagrams on pages 5, 6, and 8 need to be read
T                 Shhh… We’re Writing       interest for a longer              and analyzed to better understand the text.
                  the Constitution by        selection of text              multisyllablic words
                  Jean Fritz                Sophisticated and             p. 2- thunderheads
                  Bud, Not Buddy by         multisyllablic words          p. 6 vortex
                  Christopher Curtis        Literal & connotative          Literal & connotative meanings of words
                                             meanings of words             p. 9 “Most of them work as part of a network.”

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