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NOAA, U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Computer Science and Design Thinking

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin, Capital (CESA 2), Driftless (CESA 3, 4)

Using Demonstration Storms to Prepare for Extreme Rainfall

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  • This article examines how to use previous catastrophic events (like the 2008 Baraboo River storm in Wisconsin) to project the effects of similar events in other locations.
  • It describes how this tool was used to asses the vulnerability and risks of a similar flooding event in Madison, WI from the Yahara River.
Teaching Tips


  • This article has a references list with clickable links.
  • This article does a good job of showing the monetary cost of extreme floods.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand how climate change can lead to more extreme floods.
  • Students should know about NOAA and what this organization does.


  • This article could enhance a lesson on how humans are causing climate change, how this change is impacting the planet, and what can be done to combat climate change.
  • This article could support a lesson on how societies, governments, and institutions are responding to the climate crisis and its resulting natural disasters. 
  • This article could augment a classroom discussion on how governments could focus on both adapting to climate change and reducing the causes. 
  • This article could supplement a classroom discussion about communities around the world that are most vulnerable to extreme flooding events.
Scientist Notes
This article describes a tool, initially designed for use in Wisconsin, that allows people and communities to simulate what would happen if a recent rainfall event fell over an area of their choosing. This allows communities to simulate extreme rainfall events to identify potential problems and gaps in their infrastructure and emergency plans. It is unclear if this specific tool is available, but the page does link to related tools (initially, it links to an overview page). Regardless of the availability of this specific tool, this article provides students with insight into how researchers, emergency managers, and communities learn from and prepare for extreme weather events. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development and how they interact to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
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