Lightning

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Lerner Publications, 1992 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
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The Nature in Action series captivates young readers, stirring their interest in science with dramatic photographs of the powerful effects of nature. Supports the national science education standards Unifying Concepts and Processes: Evolution and Equilibrium; Earth and Space Science; and Science in Personal and Social Perspectives as outlined by the National Academics of Science and endorsed by the National Science Teachers Association.
 

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Contents

Opening
6
What Is Lightning?
10
What Are Electrons?
11
What Makes Electrons Move in a Path?
12
Where Do the Electrons Go?
14
What Happens during a Lightning Strike?
18
Stepped Leader
22
Upward Streamers
23
How Long and How Wide Is Lightning?
28
What Is Thunder?
29
What Kind of a Cloud Makes Lightning?
30
Thunderheads
31
Where Does Lightning Happen?
36
Different Kinds of Lightning
38
Safety in a Thunderstorm
42
Fascinating Facts
46

Return Strokes
24
Dart Leaders
25
Glossary
48
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About the author (1992)

Stephen Kramer is the author of many science books for young readers, including How to Think Like a Scientist, Lightning, and Eye of the Storm. He teaches at an elementary school near Vancouver, Washington, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Warren Faidley, the "Cyclone Cowboy," has experienced more extreme weather events than anyone, including baseball-sized hail, flash floods, lightning strikes, an F5 tornado, and the interior of a category 5 hurricane. Warren makes his living year round as a professional storm-chaser. He works with the Discovery and Weather channels, and was a primary consultant on the film Twister. He lives in Arizona.

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