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Steven A. Ackerman and John A. Knox. 2003. Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere. CA: Brooks Cole.

Jan Harold Brunvand. 1998. The Study of American Folklore: An Introduction (4th ed.) New York: Norton.

Sheri Buller. Winter 2004. Fire, Fire Burning Bright in Northbound. Eagle River, WI: Trees for Tomorrow.

Art Daily and Jack Yuenger. 1968. The Lombardi Era. Milwaukee: Inland Press.

Phaedra Demers. Winter 2004. Gee, I'm Parched in Northbound. Eagle River, WI: Trees for Tomorrow, p. 8.

Peter S. Felknor. 1990. "Tornadoes in Wisconsin: Two Case Histories," Wisconsin Magazine of History 73:4, pp. 243-273. Along with an in-depth look at tornadoes in Monroe (4-11-1965) and Barneveld (6-8-1984), it includes a three page table of "Killer tornadoes in Wisconsin, 1865-1984."

Denise Gess & William Lutz. 2003. Firestorm at Peshtigo: A Town, Its People, and the Deadliest Fire in American History. New York: Owl Books.

Barbara Houghton. April/May 1996. "The Wisdom of Proverbs" in Weatherwise, pp. 26-8.

Sandy Lotto. Winter 2004. Other Forest Fires Still Don't Hold a Candle to the Peshtigo Fire of 1871 in Northbound. Eagle River, WI: Trees for Tomorrow, p. 4.

Wolfgang Mieder. 1986. The Prentice-Hall Encyclopedia Of World Proverbs.

George H. Schoemaker, ed. 1990. The Emergence of Folklore in Everyday Life: A Fieldguide and Sourcebook. Bloomington, IN: Trickster Press.

Jay Scriba. 1960. “Heroic Men Saved Many Lives in Middle West ’s Worst Storm.” Milwaukee Journal Green Sheet, November 11, p. 1.


1940 Armistice Day Blizzard is a two-minute video on the from Wisconsin Public Television’s Wisconsin Stories.

Armistice Day Storm Came as a Surprise from the Eau Claire Leader Telegram details the storm's effects on the Eau Claire area

The Armistice Day Storm looks at the storm's effects on shipping and ferry services on Lake Michigan, from the Lake Michigan Car Ferries Service. Includes both historical and narrative accounts.

Civil Air Patrol is the organization that launched Dr. Vernor Suomi's career in meteorology.

Climate Summaries for Seven Wisconsin Cities provides data from the Wisconsin State Climatology Office.

Coaching Youth Storytellers is storyteller Kevin Cordi's guide for teachers.

Collect Your Own Weather Stories is a guide for classroom collecting from Wisconsin Weather Stories.

Coping with Cold features video clips from Wisconsin Public Television's Wisconsin Stories series. Watch the 1940 Armistice Day Blizzard clip.

Current weather map of the continental United States.

Exploring and Sharing Family Stories from Read, Write, Think can be easily adapted to use for the topic of weather.

Folklore Weather Forecasting includes weather proverbs of many types and suggested activities for studying them with a class.

Forms of Folklore, The Verbal Arts gives the lecture notes from Dr. Susan Fair's class on occupational folklore. She especially highlights the commercial airline profession, and gives good advice on researching occupational culture locally.

Gandy Dancers: Last of Southern Black Railroad Crews is a 30-minute video that documents the occupational folklore of crews that repaired and straightened rail lines for southern railroads.

The Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871 by Deana C. Hipke, a Wisconsinite originally from the Peshtigo area who created this extensive website out of personal interest.

How to Interview a Relative gives helpful advice. It is from the Read, Write, Think project.

How Wildfires Work explains the basics of wildfires.

This Iron County Cultural History and Art Lesson features English Language Arts lessons on the jargon of loggers and miners in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Kids' Guide to Local Culture guides student research into local culture.

Medical Jargon is a lesson from NASA that focuses on the Latin root of many technical terms.

National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is the world's largest collection of climate data.

The Peshtigo Fire from Oconto County, Wisconsin has extensive information and links.

The Peshtigo Fire from The Peshtigo Times.

Proverbs:At Home and Around the World is a lesson designed for grades 6-8 from the Read, Write, Think project.

Proverbs: More Than Words Say explores proverbs from around the world, with returned Peace Corps volunteers disucssing their meaning and use.

Russian Weather Proverbs an integrated lesson examining the science, art and culture behind Russian weather proverbs, from Moscow's Institute of New Technologies in Education.

Satellite Meteorology for Grades 7-12 is an on-line course developed for middle and high school science classes by CIMSS at UW-Madison.

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors! is a very accessible aticle on the occupational folklore of New York City subway workers from Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore .

State Climatology Office is a climate information resource for Wisconsin.

Survivor Stories of the Peshtigo Fire

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster provides more information on this event.

Telling the Story is a guide for students from storyteller Kevin Cordi.

Tips for Interviews gives helpful advice. It is from the Read, Write, Think project.

Unit Plan for Personal Narrative is a core curruculum on storytelling and personal narrative from the State of Michigan. It also makes links between language arts, social studies and science.

U.S. Drought Monitor provides current information on the drought status of the United States.

Verner Suomi Virtual Museum from CIMSS explores Dr. Suomi's career, satellites and interpreting satellite imagery.

Weather.com is a good all-around resource for satellite maps, weather glossary, forecasting, and more.

Weather Proverbs is a two-part lesson on the science of weather proverbs from NASA's Athena project.

Weather Proverbs: True or False? examines the scientific basis behind seven weather proverbs.

“Winds of Hell” is a Minnesota Public Radio story on the Armistice Day storm’s effects on Minnesota. Includes a slide show of the storm using images from the Minnesota Historical Society.

The Worlds of Work and Play: On the Job, from the Louisiana Voices curriculum on occupational folklife, guides student research into occupational traditions.

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