3rd Year Science Vocabulary

Severe Weather

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  1. thunderstorm – a storm with thunder and lightning and usually heavy rain  

  2. thunder - a loud rumbling or crashing noise heard after a lightning flash

  3. lightning - a bright flash of electricity produced by a thunderstorm

  4. tornado – a powerful storm with rotating winds that forms over land

  5. Fujita Scale – a scale the measures the strength of tornadoes

  6. hurricane – a large ocean storm with strong rotating winds and heavy rain

  7. storm surge –  the rise in seawater level caused by a storm, causing severe flooding

  8. the center of a hurricane that the winds rotate around

  9. flood – a rising and overflowing of a body of water especially onto dry land

  10. flash flood -  sudden flooding that happens when water rises rapidly with no warning within several hours of an intense rain

  11. blizzard - a long-lasting snowstorm with very strong winds and intense snowfall

  12. whiteout – a weather condition when the ability to see is decreased because of snow

  13. drought - a long period of time of little or no rain

  14. famine – a severe shortage of food