It seems that Cracker Jack
doesn't include plastic toys in their boxes anymore for fear of little kids choking or more likely, fear of being sue
d. Rather, they have sticker
s, little comic book
s, or Schoolhouse Rock
song lyrics. Today I got a tiny book with the lyric
s for The Weather Show
which are somewhat educational and cute
(music & lyrics: Lynn Ahrens):
Introducing the greatest show on Earth,
It's the weather show!
Bring your bathing suits,
Don't forget your boots and coats.
Folks, we guarantee the show that we perform
Is never dull, if there's a lull,
It's just the calm before the storm.
Watch it change from icy cold to toasty warm,
And rearrange from sunny days to crazy storms.
The curtain's rising, we're so glad to have you here!
Come see a new show daily in the atmosphere!
ACT ONE: THE SUN!
The sun shines down
On field and town!
On forest, mountain, desert, sea and snow.
Some heat's absorbed,
Some bounces off, (ha ha ha!)
So here it's hot, where there it may be cold.
The heated Earth heats up the air,
Just like a big hot air balloon, up up it flows.
The cooler air
Sneaks in below,
It's heated too, now look out folks, 'cause up it goes!
The sinking air is called a "high", which means it has high pressure. Low pressure air is on the rise, and as they move together...
ACT TWO: THE WIND!
Those lows and highs,
They sink and rise.
The air begins to move and flow.
At different rates,
And that creates the winds that blow.
The highs are nice,
They bring fair skies, (ah ha!)
But a low will often bring you clouds or rain.
And when they bump,
They form a front.
A changing of the weather in between.
As the highs and lows push and shove, the weather front begins to move! And if a front moves into town, it means a storm may just come down!
ACT THREE: THE HUMIDITY!
Because of heat,
From lakes and rivers, puddles, even trees.
The air can fill
Right to the gills
With water vapor, that's humidity.
When clouds appear,
Rain may be near, (Oooohhh!)
'Cause the vapor's cool and starting to condense.
And if those drops (Oooohhh!)
Begin to plop, (Plop, plop, plop!)
That's precipitation, folks, you all get drenched!
That's the weather folks,
You got your money's worth.
Hot or cold or soakin' wet,
Hey, how lucky can you get?
The weather show's the greatest show,
The greatest show on Earth!