Weather...or...Weather Not?


Local 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 local meteorological data.  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:                    You must also decide how you will present this information to the Online
                   Meteorologists so your classmates and the community will understand.


Go to  to see what instruments meteorologists use to measure weather and to learn how these instruments work.

Check with your teacher about the school weather station and list which instruments you have and which you need to make. If you need to make any instruments go to:

 Meteorologists study the weather by recording and analyzing data. You can become an amateur meteorologist by keeping a record of  your measurements. Collect and record your data at about the same time every day. This link  will get you started on your journal.  You may need to add other observations.

With parental permission, you may sign up to be a member of the Storm Chasers Kids Club. You'll get periodic updates from the Storm Team, as well as WIS E-Casts straight to your e-mail!  See your teacher for permission slips. Log on to Storm Chasers Kids Club for more information

 This site will give you information on forecasting using clouds, wind and your senses  After you read the information, try giving the forecast!  This is similar to what you will be doing for your broadcast.  is another site that has really good stuff about wind, precipitation, forecasting, lightening, temperature, humidity, satellites, hurricanes, radar, tornadoes, clouds and climate.  Take the weather quizzes while you are there!

Do you have a term that you do not understand?  This site will help.

Are you looking at a weather map and don't know what the symbols mean?  Go to:

If you want data from the National Weather Service office in Columbia, SC go to:

Do you want to ask an expert how they make a forecast?  E-mail

Another expert who may answer your questions is Jack Williams of USA Today. Go to

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

The Weather Project
Home Page


Weekly Science Journal

Production Team

Storm Team

Online Meteorogists

Local Meterologists

Images from

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