Eye of the Storm

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Word
Definition
Sentence
collide
to bump into another mass with force
The water droplets making up the thunderhead grow by colliding with each other. Storms by Seymour Simon p. 4  (Britan W)
conditions
circumstances that affect a situation such as weather

fortunate
lucky
funnel cloud
tornado cloud that is wide at the top and narrow where it touches the ground

jagged
having a sharp, pointed edge or outline
Blood dripped from the jagged tear in King's shoulder.  
Runt by Marion Dane Bauer  p. 14  (Sierra H.)
lightning
the flash of light in the sky when electricity passes between clouds or between a cloud and the ground
Today nearly everyone knows that lightning is a form of electricity that builds up in thunderstorms, and in dust storms, and in snowstorms. 
Mysteries of the World by Catherine O'Neill  p. 22  (Seth S.)
occupation
job a person does to make a living

prairies
flat, open grasslands
We loved living on the prairie.
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder p. 19  (Lindsey P.)
rotate
to swirl in a circular motion

saguaros
tall cactuses native to the American Southwest

severe
serious or extreme in nature

sizzling
crackling with intense heat

tornadoes
rotating columns of air accompanied by whirling funnel-shaped downspouts
The first step of a tornado is usually a thunderstorm.
Tornado by Seymour Simon p. 5  (Ventura T.)
updraft
upwardly moving current of air

vortices
whirlpools made of rotating air or water, plural of vortex

multivortex
having many vortices at once

White Dragon
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Word
Definition
Sentence
ski resorts
ski areas

survived
lived through

artificial
not natural, manmade

disabled
not fully functioning

Hurricane Opal:  Into the Storm
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rotating
circular, swirling motion

meteorologist
one who studies weather

mainland
the main part of a continent

pelted
beat against

evacuate
to leave a threatened area

remote
distant

Benjamin Franklin:  A Scientist by Nature
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intrigued
fascinated

apprentice
a student of a trade

harnessed
tamed

corresponded
communicated, usually through letters

foster
encourage

coaxed
persuaded