weather

Balloon to measure the ozone layer. South Pole Station

What’s the weather like today? Tomorrow? How do we know that?

Weather instrumentation – measurement, tracking, forecasting

  • differentiate between weather and climate • describe the four atmospheric factors that make up weather, including: o thermal energy, air pressure, winds, and moisture
  • explain how the cycling of water between the atmosphere and hydrosphere affects weather patterns and climate • Investigate how the water cycle affects local climate and weather
  • explain how global patterns such as the jet stream and ocean currents influence local weather in measurable terms, such as: o air temperature and pressure o wind direction and speed o humidity and precipitation o fronts • predict weather phenomena based on atmospheric conditions, such as: o hurricanes, tornadoes, clear skies, wind, precipitation, fronts, etc.
  • National Weather Service – Florida – equipment, tracking, recording, processing, communicating, models,
  • Gonzo

Satellites
Radar
Buoy
Ground stations
Weather balloons
Hurricane ??

Reports – aircraft, ships

temperature
wind
currents, flows
atmospheric pressure

anemometer

For local information
http://www.wunderground.com/

includes displays of weather radar – nice visuals as well as weather information

National Hurricane Center – NOAA
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/‎

27 Storms: Arlene to Zeta – This video from NASA presents the 2005 hurricane season with actual data that NASA and NOAA satellites measured. Sea surface temperatures, clouds, storm tracks, and hurricane category labels are shown as the hurricane season progresses.
That’s engineering

  • precipitation – water or ice that falls from a cloud in the form of rain, drizzle, snow, sleet, or hail.

Do It
Challenges for you to work on…

  • Differences between Climate and Weather – collect weather data over several days or weeks, graph temperature data, and compare the temperature data collected with averaged climate data where you live, to better understand the differences between weather and climate.
  • Travel Brochure for a ?? “system” with multiple parts – Produce a travel brochure that describes a ?? as if it were a large exhibit/amusement park. Accurately describe/draw/explain components /?? (attractions) and their functions.

Learn more…

  • between Climate and Weather] – collect weather data over several days or weeks, graph temperature data, and compare the temperature data collected with averaged climate data where you live, to better understand the differences between weather and climate.

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