The third episode of “Dinosaur Train – Weather Week” is titled “Dry Times at Pteranodon Terrace/Big Misty Sea Fishing Contest”. In this episode, the Pteranodon Family notices that the weather has been extremely dry for several weeks: Don’s water holes have dried up, and the leaves are crunching under everyone’s feet.
After the Pteranodon’s neighbors announces that they will be moving away in search of more water, Mrs. Pteranodon decides that it may be a good time to head to the Big Pond to cool off. The Pteranodon Family hops on the Dinosaur Train, where Mr. Conductor explains how the drought is an interruption in the water cycle.
The Water Cycle, courtesy of the USGS.
Georgia Drought Monitor from August 2007
On December 26, 2007, Lake Lanier set a record low of 1,050.79 feet; by comparison, its “full summer pool” level is 1,071 feet. At that time, the concern was that Lake Lanier only had 3 months of water left in it, and Georgia became embroiled in a “water war” with Alabama and Florida. Businesses and residents of the state adapted by restricting the watering of plants, turning off decorative fountains, and collecting “grey water” and rainwater for gardening and yards. Thankfully, rains returned in March 2009, however the state fluctuates between periods of wetness and dryness throughout the years, especially around summer time. Currently, the southwestern corner of Georgia is experiencing exceptional drought conditions, with the southern third of the state experiencing a lesser degree of drought conditions.
I hope you are excited to watch this episode of the Dinosaur Train! Episode #209 will air on GPB on Thursday, February 9th at 8:30am and again at 1:00pm. Let me know what you think about this episode, Nature Trackers! Also, let me know your tips for conserving water during a drought!
Additional Resources You May Like
List of Dinosaur Train - Weather Week Episodes
The USGS Explains the Water Cycle
Georgia Environmental Protection Division
Georgia Department of National Resources
Dr. Scott the Paleontologist's Blog
Dinosaur Train Activity Coloring Sheet
Dinosaur Train on PBSKids.org