Weather: Monster Storms


Explore hurricanes, tornadoes and other extreme weather events to learn how research and technology helps us better understand, forecast, and prepare

Developed in partnership with NOAA, NASA, and the National Geographic Society, Operation: Monster Storms examines current research to improve forecasting, allowing communities to better prepare for storms and avoid their destructive potential.

Fly into the eye of a hurricane or chase tornadoes through Tornado Alley. Learn how powerful storms form and how cutting-edge technology is used to better understand and forecast weather.

From collecting data on the ground to using instruments in the sky and analyzing satellite images from space, students join leading weather scientists as they explore wild weather while learning key science concepts.


Mission 1: Profiling the Suspects – Trouble Brewing in Earth’s Atmosphere

Host Researcher:
Anthony Guillory
Airborne Science Manager
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Wallops Flight Facility

Gather critical weather intelligence for your community so you can anticipate the threat of a monster storm.


Mission 2: The Plot Condenses – Air and Water

Host Researcher:
Robbie Hood
Atmospheric Scientist
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Wallops Flight Facility

Pursue energy through the intricate pathways of the water cycle as it fuels monster storms.


Mission 3: The Chase – On the Run in Tornado Alley

Host Researcher:
Tim Samaras
National Geographic Emerging Explorer & Senior Engineer

Apply your knowledge of forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion to explore the universe around you.


Mission 4: The Hunt – Flying into the Eye

Host Researcher:
Jason Dunion
Research Meteorologist
University of Miami; NOAA/AOML Hurricane Research Division

Successfully predict hurricanes by exposing the mysteries of their formation, intensity, track, and decay.


Mission 5: The Recovery – Living with Monster Storms

Host Researcher:
Shirley Murillo
Research Meteorologist
NOAA/AOML Hurricane Research Division

Protect and minimize the loss of life and vital assets before, during, and after a storm.

Student Edition (Print & Digital)

This 120-page, full-color magazine introduces the host researchers and Argonaut teams, and provides the science background knowledge and the tools to help students solve each Mission challenge. It also contains a “getting started” tutorial, reference charts, a glossary, and interdisciplinary connections.

Teacher Edition (Print & Digital)

This 144-page, two-color manual includes facsimile Student Edition pages, wrap-around teacher notes, lesson plans, extentions, worksheets, and resources.


60 minutes of videos introduce teachers and students to some of the world’s top explorers and key science concepts. Our video content is seamlessly woven throughout the curriculum, offering a gateway into the exciting world of exploration and adventure.

Digital Labs and Games

Digital Labs allow students to explore the scientists’ work through interactive online games such as “StormTracker,” a Digital Lab where you are the hurricane forecaster. Can you achieve a high score on our leaderboard?

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