Part C: Local Weather Stories
Source: National Weather Service
As you learned in the previous labs, multiple factors work together to create the weather in a given location and time period. Most people probably haven't thought much about how fast, or in which direction, weather systems travel, nor how quickly the weather can change in a single day or week. In this lab, you will see how variable weekly weather can be, and you will consider the factors that make it so changeable.
You will also download and analyze temperature and precipitation patterns for one city over a number of years and see how climate patterns emerge from many years worth of weather data.
When we observe weather, we usually report temperature, precipitation, cloudiness, humidity, air pressure, wind speed, and direction. Weather observations are made by many systems, both from the ground and from above. These systems include: automated instruments, satellites, trained professional observers, as well as volunteers. If you'd like to become a volunteer weather watcher you can join the CoCoRaHS network.
Begin the lab with this question: What is weather, and how does it differ from climate? Try your hand at using what you have learned so far in this module to sort out weather from climate. Choose one of the options listed here, either download and print the strips (below) or work with the interactive weather and climate sentence page.
- Download and print the following sentence strips.
- Cut apart the sentence strips.
- Sort them into two groups: weather or climate. When you are done sorting, write out and add two more statements of your own to each set.