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Topic in Depth - Predicting the Weather (6)

For those of us who get our weather forecasts from the local news, the process of predicting the weather can sometimes seem mysterious. This Topic in Depth explores the science behind predicting the weather.

All of the resources in this folder are related to weather forecasting. They are designed to provide users with an understanding of the scientific principles of weather patterns.


 
United States Search and Rescue Task Force: Predicting Weather
 
This site from the United States Search and Rescue Task Force describes the basic tools and knowledge used to create weather forecasts. Using this site, students can find concise, clear explanations of weather, fronts and air masses, high and low pressure, precipitation, and water vapor and humidity as well. This is...

 
Predicting Weather
 
By performing the activities presented in this website, fourth grade students can learn about weather instruments and data collection. This website, produced by the Government of Saskatchewan, also explores how the weather can impact local communities. Each activity presented here includes both objectives and...

 
Weather
 
Edheads offers a Macromedia Flash Player enhanced interactive module allowing students to predict the weather by examining weather maps. Through this website, users can become familiar with the concepts of warm and cold fronts, wind direction and speed, air pressure, and humidity. Teachers looking to incorporate this...

 
Weather Forecasting
 
This website, supplied by Annenberg / CPB, discusses weather satellites, Doppler radar, and additional tools forecasters use to predict the weather. Students can find a wind chill calculator along with a brief discussion of the history of forecasting and weather lore. Once you have a firm grasp on the science of...

 
Model Analyses and Guidance
 
This site from the NOAA provides graphics for forecast models including: the ETA, the Global Forecast System (GFS), the Wave Watch III (WW3), the Nested Grid model (NGM), and the Rapid Update Cycle (RUC). Outputs are available for North America, North Pacific, Western North Atlantic, and the Polar Ice Drift. Users can...

 
Prediction and Forecasting
 
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has compiled this excellent site containing information on "meteorology, weather, and prediction". Visitors to the site can peruse NCAR information by topic. Some of the topics on the site include: short-term weather forecasting, precipitation, and severe storm...


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