The weeks of May 13 and 20, 2013 have brought devastation to areas of the Plains and Midwest, including Texas,Kansas, Illinois, and most recently to Moore, Oklahoma.
Severe weather wreaks havoc nationwide, but springtime storm outbreaks are wrought with high sustained winds, hail that range in size from golf ball to softball, destructive lightning, and torrential rain.
The devastation that tornadoes such as the one in Moore, impact not only the people but also the wildlife, and is a stark reminder of the increasing impacts from climate change. Pictured above is an image from the National Weather Service of the tornado that devastated Moore, OK.
When communities start to regroup after the storm and schools start opening again, students and educators may struggle to transition back into the classroom and to cope with the aftermath of the storm.
This special section of the Eco-Schools USA website contains information, articles and curriculum that can help students understand why natural disasters happen and why this storm in particular made such an impact.
For an overview of what happened, see Lessons from a Tornado Tragedy, Paul Douglas, Senior Meteorologist for WeatherNationTV and NASA's Earth Observatory, Severe Thunderstorms, Tornado Strike Oklahoma.
NASA GOES-13 satellite shows the formation of supercell that created the tornado that devasted Moore, Oklahoma.
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