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View Resource 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 prediction among others. This is an excellent resource for students, teachers, and...

View Resource 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 find links to detailed descriptions of the inputs and history of each model.

View Resource 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 weather forecasting, be sure to check out the other sections of this site, which...

View Resource Hurricane Multimedia Gallery

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration website, part of the Looking at Earth project, features photos and videos of hurricanes from 1998 through 2005, using recent advances in intensity monitoring and 3-D modeling. The before and after photos highlight areas devastated by the storms. The website contains hi-res satellite images along with animations and text to fully explain the...

View Resource Exploring the Environment: Modules & Activities

The "Classroom of the Future" and "Exploring the Environment" are a collaboration between NASA and Jesuit Wheeling University, and they are responsible for this fine website that offers teachers unique ways to teach students about weather systems. The activities are for grades 5-12, and each activity indicates the applicable grade level, though most lean toward the upper grades. The homepage has...

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