Friday, July 8, 2011

Strange (but true) Intro to Jet Streams

Yes . . . Balloon bombs. Earth Science topics are more interesting to students when you show them real-world connections. WWII balloon bombs provide a connection to jet streams that is not only real-world, but also very unusual, which helps to get students' attention. Evidently, Japanese knew more about these high-altitude winds than we did in the 1940's. They released 9,300 balloon bombs, counting on the jet stream to carry them to the USA. Fortunately, less than 400 of the bombs are known to have made the 6,000-mile journey. At least 35 of these bombs are known to have landed in Montana. To learn more CLICK HERE.

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