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Formative Assessment 1: Peak Flow Data
Answer each question in 2-3 complete sentences. Consider each question carefully and be sure to provide a complete answer.
Source: Data from US Geological Survey
- Determine which of the following should be considered forecasts versus predictions:
- The peak flow of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO next year
- Weather in Charleston, SC tomorrow
- Mean global temperature in 2100
- Why do you think flood magnitude histograms (and associated probability density functions) like Figure 4 above are typically right skewed (i.e., have a long tail to the right side of the plot, as opposed to a bell curve which has the mean, median and mode in the middle and symmetrical tails on each side)? What does this say about how these systems function?
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Grading and Rubric
Each answer will earn a maximum of 5 points, as described in the rubric below.
|Work Shown||Possible Points|
|Answer reflects careful consideration of the questions||2|
|Answer is appropriate in length||1|
|Answer is legible||1|
|Answer given in complete sentences; correct spelling and grammar||1|
Submitting your Answers
Bring your written answers to class. If they are hand-written, be sure your writing is legible. If your handwriting is not clear, please type and print your answers.