Editor's note: The following is a press release from Valley View School District 365U.
Kindergarten students enrolled in the Beverly Skoff Summer Learning Experience program learned first-hand about the weather Wednesday during a visit from WGN-TV weatherman Paul Merzlock.
Merzlock, who works off-camera assisting Tom Skilling and the rest of the Channel 9 weather team and also does some weather work for the Chicago Tribune, talked about thunderstorms, hail, lightning, snowstorms and a lot more as a follow up to the class’ science conversations about air and weather.
The young students made some interesting observations during Merzlock’s appearance.
- “You can’t touch the sun because it will melt you.”
- “When the sun goes down, you go to sleep.”
- “I saw a storm with different colors and I stayed inside.”
- “Tornadoes can pick up really heavy things.”
- “If there’s a tornado, don’t go on a plane. It’s terrible.”
- “Don’t stay in your car in a storm…it has windows all over.”
- “Lightning can start forest fires.”
They also asked some interesting questions.
- Why is the flag outside moving? (The wind.)
- Is the sun hotter than Mars? (Much, much hotter.)
- When there are storms, are they everywhere? (Tornadoes come in different sizes and most are very small. Storms like hurricanes are much, much bigger.)
- What’s a hurricane? (A storm that comes out of water with warm temperatures.)
- Where do twisters take the stuff it picks up? (Sometimes they take things a long, long way even into the next state.)