Upon completion of this WEATHERMAN unit, students will be able to;

    1. Acquire daily WEATHER IMAGES from the Internet from various sites

    2. Identify a variety of WEATHER FEATURES such as HURRICANES and STORMS.

    3. Using acquired data to keep track of  DYNAMIC WEATHER PROCESSES  at school and across the Earth's surface.

    4. Identify HURRICANES before they are officially declared.


    6. Carry out WEATHER RELATED EXPERIMENTS in the laboratory.

    7. Interact with WEATHER SCIENTISTS

    8.  Do ON-LINE LABS using various types of data and data analysis techniques, to learn about the weather as it happens.

    9. Give TALKS to other students about the weather

    10. Make WEATHER DISPLAYS for your school.

    11. Have RESEARCH GROUP SEMINARS to discuss your discoveries.



     This is a great opportunity to get kids into data collection and analysis. First, collecting just day to day temperature, pressure and cloud cover data in a table is easy. Kids will love to read the barometric pressure gauge. Once several days of data are collected, patterns start to emerge and the temptation to forecast based on past patterns becomes strong. Encourage that feeling .
      If you can get your kids to contact other schools in or out of your area, do so. Small differences due to elevation differences, proximity to mountains or coast-lines can influence the weather. If your kids can talk to other weather observers on the other side of the mountains, they can actually see the differences on a daily basis. You can start your kids down the road to seeing climatic differences due to terrain. Also merging data can allow them to watch weather patterns move across the landscape when a big weather system moves through.
      Get data from various sources, T.V., the Net, the government weather offices or people you call up. Put the data onto maps. Do a new map every other day and compare maps. See how your data fits into the ' big picture '. Only after doing this a while can you see patterns. Also the larger your data base, the better your understanding. The rewards of long term data gathering are apparent after you have worked with the data. Remember, this is how the real scientists do their work.

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