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The Blizzard of 2011 - Understanding Weather with The Earth Balloon

Posted on Thu, Feb 3, 2011

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Well, here in Michigan we are digging out from the latest blizzard. Michigan schools woke up to between 6 and 15 inches of snow following this mammoth storm. But that was minor in comparison.  We understand that other parts of the midwest were hit harder than us with areas in Illinois receiving as much as 25 inches of snow! Meantime parts of Indiana and Kentucky were only dusted with snow and had more trouble from ice and freezing rain. Now the East Coast is getting pounded again! Well, it is winter and what do we expect?

But it can be hard to explain weather and meteorological conditions to kids. For that matter, I have trouble following it all myself!

But a great way to teach kids about this subject is through a visit from our Earth Balloon school assembly which we call The Earth Dome. Earth BalloonThe Earth Dome is a giant Earth Balloon, standing twenty feet tall, and covered with thousands of high resolution photos taken of the planet’s surface from the space shuttle. These photos have been melded seamlessly into a highly detailed and seamless skin giving observers an unparalleled ability to see and understand our planet. 

Relevant to today's discussion, however, is the portion of this school science assembly that deals with the atmosphere. In describing the relative size and depth of the atmosphere we are able to reveal a little of how weather patterns form and how they produce storms and blizzards such as the one  through which we just lived.

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Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of sciencehistorywritingastronomynatural sciencemathematicscharacter issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN

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