Activity 3: Track Weather like a Meteorologist
You will record weather over a period of two weeks (minimum) using the weather instruments and the Internet for your city as well as two other cities. These measurements should not take longer than 5-10 minutes each day so you will be able to complete the Factors that affect Climatological Temperature activities while you are gathering and recording the daily weather data.
- Weather Learning Log or Student Worksheet
- World map: world-dw.pdf (809KB) or world-dwl.gif (42KB)
- Weather instruments from Activity 1
- Computer with Internet access
Part 1: Locate and Answer
- Locate the following two cities on a world map.
- New York, NY, USA (41 N 74 W)
- Sao Paulo, Brazil (24 S, 47 W)
- Based on its location on the map, what do you think the temperature will be like in New York? Why?
- Based on its location on the map, what do you think the temperature will be like in Sao Paulo? Why?
Part 2: Prepare your Weather Learning Log
Format approximately 3 pages in your Weather Learning Log (one page per city) to record the following current weather conditions for the next 2 weeks. Each page should be numbered from 1- 14 (one line for each day).
(N, S, etc.)
(clear, partly cloudy, etc.)
* Important: Since these are real time weather readings, remember the time of day in the regions may be quite different. Therefore, compare the high temperature readings for today's forecast.
Part 3: Track Weather like a Meteorologist
Each day over a two-week-period (minimum), record the following weather measurements and add them to your Weather Learning Log. If you are using a wall chart, add them there as well.
- Weather at your school
Use your class weather instruments and the weather web site below to record your measurements in the table marked "Data from My Town".
- Weather from New York, NY, USA and Sao Paulo, Brazil
Record the current weather conditions from the cities below in your Weather Learning Log (click the Refresh / Reload button on your browser to update the following Real-Time data feeds):
- Repeat for Two Weeks
Record the current conditions for your city, New York City, and Sao Paulo every day for a two week period. If you are unable to record the data for one day or over the weekend, use the "Historical" data to complete the data tables.
EXTENSION - Satellite Maps & Web cams:
Print a satellite map and live photo of the two regions you are studying every day and at the end of the two weeks, make a poster displaying all of the images in series.
- Satellite Maps: access and print a satellite map where your country/continent is located each day. After you record each day's measurements, try to predict the next day's sky conditions based on the maps.