Want some “Learning Opportunities” to share with the kids as Nida approaches?

Umbrellas are ready!

Umbrellas are ready!

  • What is a Typhoon? A short (2:30) video from TIME FOR KIDS HERE  or a longer (6:26) video from the MET in The UK below:
  • Also for kids with LOTS of questions, the Hong Kong Observatory covers a lot for you to read HERE.
  • What happened to Typhoon Signals no. 2, no. 4, no. 5, no. 6, & no. 7?       It turns out those signals used to describe the direction (for example northeast or southwest) from which the typhoon approached.  It was deemed too confusing and in 1973 we adopted the system we have today.  Another cool fact: Typhoon warnings used to be signaled by firing a large gun starting in 1884.  Then “Typhoon bombs” were set off, for a louder noise to warn the public until 1937.  Also, large mast symbols were hoisted physically to warn people within viewing distance.  Read more about the Typhoon Warning Signal History HERE.  When you’re in Macau next take a trek up to the Guia Fortress to see their old Typhoon Signals on display:


This photo of Guia Fortress is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Storm Surges:

  • The HKO Observatory is warning about Storm Surges as the High Tide is scheduled to occur at 7:53 am Tuesday, Aug 2nd morning.  This is predicted to coincide with a period of time when Typhoon Nida is still very close to the territory.
  • Keep watch on Nida with Satellite & Radar images HERE FROM HKO.
  • Learn about storm surges HERE FROM HKO.

For these links substituting the word “hurricane” for ‘typhoon” will make them relevant:

Image via "Vassal" MOC creator http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=60006

Image via “Vassal” MOC creator http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=60006

  • Hong Kong weathers its typhoons extremely well these days!  The deadliest on record was in 1935 where an estimated 11,000 people died.  Read more about Hong Kong’s Typhoon history in these 2 wonderful links:  In The Eye of the Storm FROM SCMP (little kids may just look at the old photos, newspapers & maps on this link) & Hong Kong Typhoons FROM HKOUTDOORS

LEGO did you know factsNearly 4.8 million LEGO parts fell overboard from the Tokio Express container ship in a storm and a rogue wave off the coast of Land’s End in Cornwall, England on 13 February 1997.  Ever since then LEGO pieces have been washing up on beaches all over the place!  Florida & Texas in the United States of America, Wales, Ireland & of course Cornwall in England are all places in which pieces washed up.  Beachcombers in Cornwall have begun collecting photos and cataloging where & when the LEGO pieces are found.  With that information, some teachers are using the story to teach students about marine pollution & the dangers of plastics in the ocean.   

Washed up LEGO from an accident in 1997. Photo via Facebook, Lost at Seahttps://goo.gl/rUcDmJ

Washed up LEGO from an accident in 1997. Photo via Facebook, Lost at Sea https://goo.gl/rUcDmJ

Read more from the BBC HERE.

Like the Facebook Page of Cornwall LEGO beachcombers  “Lego Lost At Sea” HERE.