Laura and Almanzo almost certainly saw the tornado near Howard, roughly 10 miles from their buggy ride path. (National Weather Service)
Things To Do
1. Watch Stories From the Skies.
2. Complete Episode Quiz individually or as a group. (Note: The quiz has additional information and related video.)
3. Student Glossary (PDF)
- Print Crossword Puzzle, (answers), and distribute to class.
4. Discussion Cards (PDF)
5. Class Activity - Snowflakes and Terminal Velocity (Science Phenomena)
Landscapes of South Dakota: Stratobowl
On the this page you will find educational resources for the Dakota Pathways episode called Stories From the Skies. There is an episode guide, additional videos, activities, and more.
During this activity your students will participate in a hands-on qualitative wind speed study using common household items.
In the summer of 2021, the state was so deep into a drought that it was easy to forget the situation was much different in the past. In 2019, widespread floods damaged farmland, roads, and infrastructure.
Early snow removal on city streets meant an investment in man and horse power. Roadway drifts were often simply smoothed over to make way for sleigh traffic.
There are some winter storms that people never forget. The January blizzard of 1949 and the March blizzard of 1966 are two such events.
There's an old saying in these parts - "If you don't like the weather in South Dakota, just wait around a few minutes, and it will change".