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Storm Chasers

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.24

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     challenging words:    meteorologists, spawn, warning, chaser, meteorology, power, thunderstorm, increase, film, predict, develop, likely, radio, winds, system, form
     content words:    National Severe Storms Laboratory, United States


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Storm Chasers
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Have you seen the movie Twister? That movie is about some people who chase tornadoes. Would you like to be a storm chaser?
 
2     Storm chasers are people who follow tornadoes to study them. They want to learn more about where tornadoes are likely to form. They want to increase warning time for people who are in the path of a tornado. This will help save lives. But getting information about tornadoes isn't easy. It is hard to predict when they will form. It's hard to predict where they will go. Once they do form, they don't last very long.
 
3     Meteorologists who are storm chasers try to drop weather instruments into the paths of tornadoes. With these instruments, scientists could collect data about the air temperature and pressure inside the tornado. They could also measure wind speed and direction. But the paths of tornadoes are erratic. Often the storm misses the instruments completely.

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