Blizzards + Heat Waves
Will you need a sun hat and water bottle today? Or wait…maybe snow boots and gloves? How about all of the above? Today it's gonna get really hot—and very cold—at Camp Kinda as we look into how extreme heat and snow can be both challenging and essential to our environment.
what you’ll need
- 2 clear containers (like Tupperware or old takeout containers)
- Baby oil (you can substitute another oil like vegetable, but a clear variety will work best)
- Alka Seltzer
- A few ounces of white paint
- Food coloring (preferably blue)
- Glitter (optional)
- Small toys like cars or action figures (optional)
Ask About Today
What are 3 ways people contribute to climate change?
Blizzards bring huge amounts of snowfall. If you could swap snow for something else that fell from the sky during a blizzard, what would it be and why? Remember—once it falls, it will be covering the ground everywhere.
Skip the Ads
Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.
This week's materials list includes a few items that are a little more unusual—like styrofoam plates, baby oil, and food coloring. If you can find them, we think they make for some really cool experiments. If you can't, no worries, just skip ahead.
Blizzards: Not just ice cream treats.
What Makes a Blizzard?
To meet the official standards of a blizzard, a snowstorm must have wind as fast as a speeding car, visibility has to be so minimal that you can barely see your hand in front of your face, and the conditions have to last three hours or longer. How does that even happen?
Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.
Do you live in a warm climate where you've never seen a blizzard in action? Now's your chance. Watch as meteorologists cover a devastating blizzard that hit Buffalo, New York in 2014. (You might want the grab a sweater for this one.)
Thundersnow is not just an awesome word, it's a real thing that often happens during blizzards. Watch as Sci Show explains what it is and why it happens.
What Makes a Heat Wave?
Many places around the globe will never experience blizzards due to their climates—but that doesn't mean they're spared extreme weather. In these places, heat waves are far more common than you may think. Watch this documentary to learn about how and why heat waves occur and the conditions that can make it difficult to survive them.
Report the Weather
Don’t be caught on television with misspelled words! Before you can prepare your own weather report, you'll have to practice your weather vocabulary. Unscramble these heat wave-related words. It might seem easy, but some words will fool you.
It might be hot outside, but it's snowing at your house. (Or it will be, after this activity.)
Summer Snow Day
Check out how to create your very own blizzard in a jar right here. Once you've seen Ryan's demonstration, get to creating your own.
Bonus: Want to challenge yourself? Record yourself making your own blizzard in a jar and create your own review like Ryan's. With your parent or guardian's permission, share with families and friends.
Time to dance up a storm.