All good researchers keep journals or logs of what they do and find out. You are aYour 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.
You will also need to assess your work by completing your online Science Journal at the end of the week and by using the Rubrics for the Local Meteorologists and the Group Work Rubric to assess your work during the week.
Making weather observations is necessary to making good
forecasts. Together with team members make a list of weather
elements that you think should be on your weather broadcast. Watch
several different weather broadcasts on television or other media such
as the newspaper and list what elements they report on. Come back
together and decide what elements you need to include in your broadcast.
Important things to consider are:
Go to http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wmeasur0.htm 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: http://www.fi.edu/weather/todo/todo.htm
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 http://www.fi.edu/weather/todo/journal.html 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 http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=105952&nav=0RaN2Lzw2Lzx
This site will give you information on forecasting
using clouds, wind and your senses
http://weathereye.kgan.com/cadet/forecast/figgerbottom.html. After you read the information, try giving the forecast! This is similar to what you will be doing for your broadcast.
http://www.wildwildweather.com/ 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Weekly Science Journal
Author(s): Wanda McMichael,
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