Want some “Learning Opportunities” to share with the kids as Nida approaches?
- 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:
- 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:
- Watch a video about why storm surges act differently HERE FROM THE WEATHER CHANNEL.
- A more detailed .pdf document on storm surges HERE FROM NATIONAL HURRICAN CENTER.
- 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
Nearly 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.
Read more from the BBC HERE.