What Is a Derecho?
And why are they so destructive?
Watching Forests from Space
An instrument aboard the JPSS-1 satellite will help scientists monitor trees and crops
Hi, I'm JPSS!
I’m a high-tech weather satellite that orbits our planet.
What Is El Niño?
The temperature of the ocean's surface has a far-reaching effect on weather.
Make Lightning with ZAP!
You're an updraft! In this game, build up charges within a storm cloud!
Why Do Leaves Change Color?
In the fall, leaves turn bright red, orange, and yellow. But where do these colors come from?
What Is La Niña?
Learn about this weather pattern.
Learn a bunch of weather terms!
Cloud iridescence looks amazing
What Is a Gust Front?
Fast winds that fall from thunderstorms
Why Does Wind Blow?
It's all about temperature.
Meet a GOES-R Series Weather Satellite
A series of new, high-tech satellites that will be orbiting 22,000 miles above Earth
Seeing a Solar Eclipse From Space
What do satellites see during a solar eclipse?
Even though auroras are best seen at night, they are actually caused by the sun.
See how angles and distances affect your view of rainbows.
Can you make it rain, snow, and hail? Try it out!
One of the most dangerous parts of a hurricane.
Explore the relationship between sea surface temperatures and hurricane strength.
Grow Snow Crystals
See how temperature affects the shape of snowflakes.
The California Drought
It’s the worst drought in 1,200 years, so what do we do?
What Causes Tides?
Tides are a complicated dance between gravity and inertia.
How to Escape Rip Currents
Wave, yell and swim parallel.
How to Read a Weather Map
What do those symbols mean for tomorrow’s weather?
What Is an Ice Jam?
As winter melts away, chunks of ice can jam up rivers and cause flooding.
Weather Science Fair
Need some ideas for a weather science fair project?
Learn more about this team of six small satellites that will collect information about Earth’s weather and climate.
What Is Humidity?
Humidity is, in general, a measure of water vapor in the air.
What Is an Atmospheric River?
Learn more about these moving columns of water vapor in the sky!
The Most Extreme Weather in America
Check out five of the most extreme storms in US history and see what they looked like from the view of a NOAA weather satellite!
What Are High and Low Pressure Systems?
Is air super heavy?
What Are Trade Winds?
Learn about how these winds that are important for sailors also influence our weather.
What Is the Jet Stream?
Learn about these fast-moving ribbons of air that are high in our atmosphere.
What Causes a Drought?
Droughts are caused by unusually dry weather — but they don't just happen in dry places, like deserts. Find out why.
What Causes a Flood?
How do atmospheric conditions and an area’s geography cause a flood?
What Is Precipitation?
This infographic will teach you about precipitation!
What Causes a Thunderstorm?
All thunderstorms have the same basic ingredients. Watch this video to learn more!
What Are the Different Climate Types?
The world is split up into climate zones. Do you know which zone you live in?
How Do Wildfires Spread?
Learn about how conditions in the weather and environment can cause these uncontrolled fires to spread more quickly—and how we use weather satellites to help us stay safe.
What Is a Dust Storm?
Learn all about these walls of dust that can be miles long and several thousand feet high.
What Is a Red Tide?
A red tide is a toxic event that occurs on the coastline when algae—a plant-like organism—grows out of control. Learn more about what causes these toxic events and how they can be dangerous to people and animals.
Why Don't Satellites Fall out of the Sky?
How do they all stay up there?
How Is Air Quality Measured?
Satellites orbiting above Earth monitor what’s in our air.
How Reliable Are Weather Forecasts?
It all depends on how far in advance you’re trying to forecast!
What Is the Gulf Stream?
Learn more about this strong ocean current!
Types of Clouds
Learn about common cloud types and what they can tell us about the weather!
What Is a Firestorm?
Some wildfires grow so large that they can create their own weather system.
What Is a Nor'easter?
Learn about this type of storm that forms along the East Coast of North America.
Read about Tom Boyd and how he controls weather satellites.
SciJinks in a Snap: Lightning
What is in-cloud lightning? Can it help us predict violent storms?
What's the Difference Between Fog and Clouds?
Aren't they the same thing?
How Big Was Typhoon Haiyan?
Satellite images show just how huge it was.
Be a citizen scientist!
Join a network of citizen meteorologists and do real science.
How do you make a weather satellite?
It is easy to understand and fun to think about in this little book.
Beautiful two-sided bookmarks to print and display.
Why Is the Sky Blue?
This may sound like an easy question... it's not!
How did Earth's atmosphere form?
Earth is on its third atmosphere! We wouldn't have liked the first two at all!
Print them small or print them large. You choose!
Printable postcards to download and display.
What Is Lake Effect Snow?
Why do areas near big lakes get so much snow?
Can meteorologists help fight wildfires?
Incident meteorologist Lisa Kriederman tells all about her exciting job.
What Is a Solstice?
And what does Stonehenge have to do with it?
What is NOAA?
Learn about NOAA!
When disaster strikes!
Families need to know where to find the stuff they need.
Why Does Earth Have Seasons?
The answer may surprise you, since Earth is farthest from the Sun in July.
How Do Tornadoes Form?
These are the most violent storms on Earth. Can we forecast them even better?
How Does a Hurricane Form?
And what does Category 5 mean?
How do satellites help save lives?
Find out in this edition of Wild Weather Jobs.
What Is the Polar Vortex?
And how does it cause such a freeze?
Keeping an Eye on Volcanic Ash
To an aircraft, a volcanic ash cloud is like a sky full of broken glass.
How does weather on the Sun affect us?
What is space weather, and why should we care?
What Causes a Rainbow?
Learn how to be in the right place at the right time.
What Causes Lightning and Thunder?
What is the source of all the blinding light and earth-shaking sound?
Be Ready to Help
Ever wonder how you can help out?
PDF versions of our favorite activities!
El Niño and Lightning
How can El Niño conditions cause increased lightning?
Next Generation Science Standards
Find SciJinks content that aligns with the NGSS.
A Brief History of Lightning Detection
Really? A tool to detect lightning? It's pretty hard to miss, isn't it?
How Do Snowflakes Form?
How does water form such intricate designs up there in the clouds?
How Do You Become An Air Force Meteorologist?
We ask a soon-to-be recruit!
What Is the Coriolis Effect?
And what does it have to do with hurricanes?
What's it Like Being a Broadcast Meteorologist?
Learn all about Carrie Rose's and her job as a broadcast meteorologist.
Keeping a watchful eye on dangerous ice
What does the chief scientist for the National Ice Center do?
SciJinks in a Snap: Stormy Space Weather
What is space weather and how can we monitor it?
What Is a Heat Wave?
And how can I stay safe during one?
Share NOAA SciJinks
Spread the word!
Steps in a Science Fair Project
Where shall I begin? How will I pick a topic?
Why Do Satellites Have Different Orbits?
Learn about the difference between a geosynchronous and polar orbit.
What Is the Scientific Method?
There are certain steps to follow, but science doesn't always follow them!
What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?
Is it news or is it history?
Are you a weather guru?
Why do tide cycles take 24 hours and 50 minutes? What is a neap tide? And more.
The Solar Cycle
Learn about storms on the sun!
What is science?
Facts you learn in a science book or a wonderful way of looking at the world?
Learn satellite meteorology
What Makes It Rain?
And what causes snow, hail, and ice rain?
Why Does the Atmosphere Not Drift off Into Space?
After all, it is only air. What keeps it here?
How's the weather on other planets?
If you think Earth can have bad weather, check out these places!
Explore what causes contrails in this simulation!