Good Question: How Do You Keep Fear Of Storms From Becoming A Phobia?The skies turn gray. The lightning cracks. Thunder booms. For most of us, a fleeting moment of fear is as bad as it gets. "Even when there's not a storm, [kids are] checking the weather, they're feeling nervous if it gets overcast. That's different,” said Dr. Steven Whiteside, a Mayo Clinic child psychologist who specializes in anxiety.