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Online Meteorologists

Your Task:

Your class has been divided into teams each with a different responsibility to reach the final goal. Your task is to gather, analyze and display meteorological data from online sources.  How you do this is your choice.  But working as a collaborative group will save you time and make your part of the project richer.

All good researchers keep journals or logs of what they do and find out. You are a  good researcher and your journal will be a useful tool for you when you begin to finalize your plan and when you are sharing with the class at the end of each period.

                    Be sure to record: Resources:

The Southeast Regional Climate Center - http://www.dnr.state.sc.us/climate/sercc/education.html
This is the education page sponsored by the Southeast Regional Climate Center in Columbia, SC.  Try the Daily Climate Quiz and test your weather knowledge.  Also on this page are severe weather guidelines, weather information by subject and schools on-line.

Kids Web Weather Links - http://www.npac.syr.edu/textbook/kidsweb/weather.html
This is the Kids Web site that contains 7 popular sites to go to for weather studies. The sites include an automated school weather network that allows schools to collect, distribute and access meteorological data, multimedia materials on weather phenomena, instructional modules about meteorology, hurricane impacts, satellite images and weather forecasts for the US.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum - http://www.fi.edu/weather/satellite/satellite.html
This page explains how satellites have effected weather forecasting and weather data collection.

WeatherBug.com - http://www.weatherbug.com/AWS/default.asp?cid=9
The WeatherBug site allows schools across the country to post their real-time weather data on the Web.  Check with your teacher to see if your school has this capability.  If so, work with the local Meteorologists to get your school's data recorded.  This is also a good site to check what the weather is at schools in other parts of your state and other regions of the country.  Find this information at:  http://aws.com/globalwx.html

 The Weather Eye at KGAN - http://weathereye.kgan.com/cadet/forecast/figgerbottom.html
This site will give you information on forecasting using clouds, wind and your senses.  You can use this information and try giving the forecast!

Dan's Wild Wild Weather Page - http://www.wildwildweather.com/
This is another site that has really good stuff about weather.  Check out how radar and satellites are used. Take the weather quizzes while you are there!

Help Online:

Do you have a term that you do not understand?  This site will help.  http://www.weather.com/glossary/a.html

Are you looking at a weather map and don't know what the symbols mean?  Go to:  http://grads.iges.org/pix/symbols.html

If you want data from the National Weather Service office in Columbia, SC, go to: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/er/cae/

Do you want to ask an expert how they make a forecast?  E-mail btanner@wistv.com

Another expert who may answer your questions is Jack Williams of USA Today. Go to http://www.usatoday.com/weather/askjack/sendquest.htm

Dan Satterfield, the Chief Meteorologist for WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama, also will answer questions.  Contact Dan at askdan@wildwildweather.com
 

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Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and
funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Wanda McMichael, Linda Payne, Emmie Thirlwell
School: Sheridan Elementary, Orangeburg Consolidated School District #5, Bamberg-Calhoun-Orangeburg Math/Science Hub
Created: March 4, 2001 - Updated: April 18, 2001
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w01/projects/weather/onlinemet.html