Lightning, Hurricanes, and Blizzards

The Science of Storms

From the Series Weatherwise

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

What causes thunderstorms and lightning? Where and why do hurricanes form? How are blizzards more dangerous than other snowstorms?

To answer these questions, you’ll need to know about nature’s most powerful weather events. Storms of all types and sizes occur around the globe. Each storm needs just the right combination of weather conditions to form and become dangerous—or even destructive. In this fact-packed book, discover how storms form, where they strike, and what makes them so powerful.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Publication Date 2010-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.6
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF037080, JNF051160
Dewey 551.55
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 750
ATOS Reading Level 5.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 138497
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, and Sidebars

Author: Paul Fleisher

Paul Fleisher has spent his working life as an educator and writer. His books for young people cover a variety of science, ecology and natural history subjects. He has also written several widely-used classroom activity books on thinking games, social activism, and creative writing. Paul currently works as an adjunct professor in the school of education at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as assistant to the director of the Richmond Peace Education Center. He also teaches classes in writing at the University of Richmond. Prior to taking early retirement in 2005, he taught gifted elementary and middle school students in the Richmond, Virginia Public Schools for almost 30 years. During that time, he helped develop numerous interdisciplinary instructional units on topics including Humor, Justice, Engineering and Design and The Art and Science of Music. Paul was in the vanguard of teaching educational technology in Richmond Public Schools, teaching computer programming and web design to his students. He has offered workshops on team-building, thinking games, teaching writing, and other topics at educational conferences for many years. Paul remains an activist for peace and social justice. He currently serves on the boards of the Virginia Forum and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. He has also served terms on the Virginia Education Association's Fitz Turner Commission for Human and Civil Rights, and the Virginia Chapter of the ACLU. In 1988 Paul received the Virginia Education Association Award for Peace and International Relations and in 1999 he was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education. It is Paul's great good fortune to be married to educator Debra Sims Fleisher, who has taught him much of what he knows about working in a classroom, as well as how to live as a more decent human being. In his spare time Paul is an avid gardener, cook, and reader.


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2012


The Horn Book Guide

“Each of these books focuses on a set of weather-related phenomena. Chapters are well-organized and contain clear explanations. The crisp layout contains plenty of captioned photos and diagrams, as well as sidebars that feature interesting facts and suggestions for observations readers can record in their backyards.” —The Horn Book Guide

Library Media Connection

“This series would be attractive to students interested in weather and would work well for reports. It would be a nice addition to any library collection that is lacking up to date information about weather.” —Library Media Connection

Science Books & Films

“This volume, which is part of a series that covers weather forecasting, the atmosphere, storms, and precipitation, is a good research tool for upper elementary and middle school students. It introduces a great deal of information in a straightforward, interesting manner. The facts are accurate and the information is current. The book would be a good addition to elementary schools and public libraries or for young adults interested in the causes of weather.” —Science Books & Films