Spring is here...wild weather ahead!
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Spring is here...wild weather ahead!

5/24/2010


For a little fun....but it's STILL an assignment worth points...
Take the following link, create a 40 by 40 letter word search using the terms found on page 433 of your textbook, and print it out to turn in.


puzzlemaker


After doing the first part, use this second link to create a crossword using the terms found on page 433. Again, print it out and turn it in at the end of the period. Clues MUST be complete enough to identify the term.

Crossword generator

















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Click on the links below to find the answers to the questions which follow the links.


Bad Clouds

(Make sure you also read the FAQ's)

1. Does air hold water?

2. Does air have a limiting capacity to hold water?

3. How is evaporation related to temperature?

4. Explain what happens to the evaporation rate and the condensation rate relative to cooling.

5. What, really, is the dew point temperature? (be careful with this one!)



Cloud Formation


6. What is an air mass which has a relative humidity of 100% called?

7. What is orographic uplift, and what role does it play in condensation?

8. What is convectional lifting, and where is the process active?

9. Explain what happens during frontal lifting. Draw or sketch a diagram if necessary.


El Nino


10. El Nino initially referred to what?

11. What drives the surface waters westward?

12. What causes the warmer waters of the western Pacific to migrate eastward?

13. What is the cause of the depleted marine fish and plant life? (DON'T say "El Nino"...)

14. What is La Nina?

15. Weatherwise, what occurred in the Western Pacific Islands and Indonesia as well as in Mexico and Central America during the 1997-98 El Nino event?

16. What is upwelling?

17. What is the thermocline, and what is it's role relative to upwelling?

18. Relative to precipitation, what happens to air in the Eastern Pacific due to the cooler surface water?

19. What happens to clouds and thunderstorms as warmer water shifts Eastward?

20. What are some of the observed abnormal atmospheric consequences due to El Nino?

If the previous site is still slow, try this one...

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5/5/10

Do NOT go to ANY website other than those linked from today's exercise OR this page. All internet rules for NLCS apply. See your handbook if you have questions.

Use the following website to complete the exercises below.

Relative Humidity


There are 5 questions on the website. Answer them during or after you have read the tutorial instructions and completed the exercise.

Use the following website to complete the exercise below. Make sure you complete the entire tutorial. Take the quiz at the end.

Psychrometric chart tutorial




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4/29/2010



Do NOT go to ANY website other than those linked from today's exercise OR this page. All internet rules for NLCS apply. See your handbook if you have questions.

Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1-13. Print out both images, then answer the questions found under CWS-A #1-13

14-15. Read the Concept for the Day for Thursday and answer both questions.

Read the Supplemental information for Wednesday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

16. Detailed quantitative observations of the atmosphere did not commence until when?

17. Detailed instrumental weather records have been collected and compiled in this country at many stations for how long?

18. What are "First-order stations?

19. Essentially all meteorological data collected in the United States by government-sponsored observation networks are stored in archival form by what entity?

20. List the weather data collected at first-order stations.

21. The term "Normal weather" refers to what?

22. Choose one of the first three articles found on the following link and summarize it.

NCAR Press releases



23. What can be found on the following linked website?

Student resources, workshops, etc...


24. Use the following links to find more resources.

Weather Links





Student resources, workshops, etc...


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4/27/2010


Do NOT go to ANY website other than those linked from today's exercise OR this page. All internet rules for NLCS apply. See your handbook if you have questions.


Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1-10. Print out all images, then answer the questions found under CWS-A #1-10


11-12. Read the Concept for the Day for Tuesday and answer both questions.

Read the Supplemental information for Monday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

13. What is the specific topic of this web page?

14. Define the geographic location of the 2010 Hurricane Season.

15. When does the 2010 hurricane season commence?

16. In the North Atlantic, when was the earliest recorded hurricane for a season?

17. Was the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season relatively active or quiet?

18. How many tropical cyclones became named systems in the North Atlantic in 2009?

19. The official end to the hurricane season is on what date?

20. What is the long-term average running from 1931 to 2008, for the number of hurricanes in a typical North Atlantic hurricane season?

Read the Supplemental information for Tuesday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

21. Explain the difference between a Tropical storm watch and a Tropical storm warning.

22. Explain the difference between a Hurricane watch and a Hurricane warning.

23. Explain the difference between a Coastal flood watch and a Coastal flood warning.

24. When is a Heavy surf advisory issued?

25. When is a Tsunami watch/warning issued?

26. Describe conditions under which a Small-craft advisory would be issued.

27. In what areas are Small-craft warnings issued?

28. When are Special marine warnings issued?

29. Using the HISTORICAL WEATHER EVENTS - 27 April, found on Tuesday's Daily Summary, what severe weather happened in 1989 in Omaha, Nebraska?

30. Using the map found on the link below, how many hurricanes made landfall in the contiguous U.S. in 2009?

2009 Hurricane Season map


31. Which 2009 hurricane had the longest track from start to finish?

32.Using the map link found on the page used for #30, how many hurricanes made landfall in the contiguous U.S. in 2008?

33. Which 2008 hurricane had the longest track from start to finish?




Beaufort scale



Unit Conversion...






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4/20/2010


Do NOT go to ANY website other than those linked from today's exercise OR this page. All internet rules for NLCS apply. See your handbook if you have questions.


Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1-7. Print out both images, then answer the questions found under CWS-A #1-7

8-9. Read the Concept for the Day for Thursday and answer both questions.

Read the Supplemental information for Wednesday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

10. On average, how many tornadoes are reported each year across the country?

11. Which kills more people - Tornadoes, Floods, or Lightning?

12. How long have statistics from the entire country been reliable?

13. In what year was the record number of tornadoes ina year set?

14. How many tornadoes were reported in the year you gave as the answer to #13?

15. What is the trend of tornadoe fatalities this year as compared to previous years?

Click on the links in the reading for the Supplemental information for April 21st and read through the web pages.


Predicting Tornadoes NOAA


16. The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory is dedicated to what?


The HaSDEx Project


17. What is The HaSDEx Project, and what are its goals?


The Vortex2 Project


18. What is Vortex2, and how did it make history in 2009?

Use the following link to view explanations and animations of how tornadoes form:

P2K Live From The Storm


When you get to the "Live From" website, in the menu frame along left side click on "Weather", then click on "tornado", then read the material - at the page bottom click on "Interactive Animations". Click on "Tornadoes - How they form" and work through the animations.

Use the following links to find more resources.

Weather Links




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4/20/2010




Do NOT go to ANY website other than those linked from today's exercise OR this page. All internet rules for NLCS apply. See your handbook if you have questions.



Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1-11. Print out all images, then answer the questions found under CWS-A #1-11


12-13. Read the Concept for the Day for Tuesday and answer both questions.

Read the Supplemental information for Monday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

14. Explain the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe thunderstorm warning.

15.Explain the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.

16. "Outlooks" include what levels of risk?

17. What are "High Profile Vehicles"?

18. Explain the difference between a "high wind warning" and a "wind advisory".

Read the Daily Weather Summary for Monday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

19.What were temperatures like on April 19th, 1990 in the Northeastern U.S.?

20. What happened in Sweetwater, Texas April 19th, 1986?

Read the Daily Weather Summary for Tuesday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

21. How much snow was reported at Leadville, CO April 20th, 1990?

22. April 20th, 1920 a major tornado outbreak occurred in Mississippi and Alabama. How many were rated F4?




Beaufort scale



Unit Conversion...



Check out the following website using phenology.

Project BudBurst














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4/19/2010

Do NOT go to ANY website other than those linked from today's exercise OR this page. All internet rules for NLCS apply. See your handbook if you have questions.





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4/15/2010

Do NOT go to ANY website other than those linked from today's exercise OR this page. All internet rules for NLCS apply. See your handbook if you have questions.


Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1-2. Read the Concept for the Day for Thursday and answer both questions.

Read the Supplemental information for Thursday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

3. What mathematical equations are computer models based upon for extrapolating the movement and development of atmospheric systems?

4. What is quantitative precipitation?

5. Hatching within an area denotes what % probability of precipitation occurring?

6-15. Print out the images, then answer the questions found under CWS-B #6-15

Use the following link to answer the questions below.

U.S. Department of Commerce


16. List all the states which shared the lowest maximum temperature for Wed. April 14th, 2010.

17. List the state with the highest minimum tempersture for April 14th, 2010.

18. Using the datastream website again, scroll down to the section labeled "Surface" and click on the link for "Isobars, Fronts, Radar, and Data". Find Indianapolis. What is the wind speed and direction?

19. What is the dew point for Indianapolis?

20. Find Houston, Texas. What is the sky cover shown?

21. For Houston, what is the temperature?

22. Again for Houston, what is the wind speed and direction?

23. For Portland, Oregon - what is the difference in temperature between the temperature and the dew point?



Read the Supplemental information for Thursday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.



























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4/13/2010




Do NOT go to ANY website other than those linked from today's exercise OR this page. All internet rules for NLCS apply. See your handbook if you have questions.




Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1-2. Read the Concept for the Day for Tuesday and answer both questions.

Read the Supplemental information for Monday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

3. A cold wave represents a what?

4. What is the classification of air that originates in the polar plains of Siberia or northwest Canada?

5. What type of air mass can be over a portion of the country and which also may be responsible for producing a heat wave or a drought?

6. In either a heat wave or a drought, a large, deep high-pressure system may remain over an area for an extended time interval.
A) How does this affect moisture and thunderstorms?
B) How does this affect solar heating?
C0 How does this affect cloud development?

7. What is a pollution episode?

Read the Supplemental information for Monday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

8. What warning is issued when the winter storm conditions have sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 mph or higher, combined with considerable falling and/or blowing snow, which reduces visibility to less than 0.25 mile (400 meters)?

9. What is issued to the public when there is an expectation of a mixture of precipitation, such as snow, ice pellets (sleet), and freezing rain (or freezing drizzle)?

10. What is issued to the public when a potentially dangerous winter weather situation within 12 hours with significant ice (glaze) accumulations that are usually 1/4 inch or greater during a freezing rain episodeare expected? (Thus, even walking and driving are expected to become extremely dangerous.)

11. What is issued to alert the public that conditions are favorable for development of a significant winter storm that could affect the area, with hazardous weather elements such as heavy snow and/or blizzard conditions, or significant accumulations of freezing rain or ice pellets (sleet)?

12-25. Print out both images, then answer the questions found under CWS-A #1-13

26. On April 12, 1989 what was the low temperature in Baton Rouge, LA?

27. On April 13, 1990 thunderstorms in Oklahoma produced up to ______ inches of golf-ball size hail along I-40 near El Reno, and produced wind gusts to ____ mph at Okarche.




Beaufort scale



Unit Conversion...



Check out the following website using phenology.

Project BudBurst














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4/6/2010


Do NOT go to ANY website other than those linked from today's exercise OR this page. All internet rules for NLCS apply. See your handbook if you have questions.


Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1-17. Print out the images, then answer the questions found under CWS-A #1-17

18-19. Read the Concept for the Day for Tuesday and answer both questions.


Read the Supplemental information for Tuesday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

20. How large does an atmospheric feature have to be in order to be considered to be a planetary scale feature?

21. How large are atmospheric phenomena that persist for the longest time?

22. Macroscale features typically last how long?

23. How large are atmospheric mesoscale features?

24. What is the range of size found in atmospheric microscale features?

25. What kind of measurements are needed to capture many microscale phenomena?

26. How often must measurements be taken in order to capture mesoscale phenomena?

27. How do meteorologists detect and track macro- or synoptic scale atmospheric features?

28. The seasonal monsoon circulations of both the Indian sub-continent and the Southwestern United States are examples of what scale features?

29. Using the historical weather events for April 5th, in what state did the deadliest tornado of 1972 occur?

30. Using the historical weather events for April 6th, how high were the recorded waves on Lake Michigan? Why were the waves that large?

Use the following websites as a resource to answer the following questions.


Beaufort scale



Unit Conversion...


Weather Spotter Training!!!

For those of you interested, here is a list of weather spotter training sessions. I've always found them to be quite useful. You do NOT have to be a spotter to attend the training. I give extra credit if you attend. Note the one in Bedford...

National Weather Service Spotter Training!


Check out the following website using phenology.

Project BudBurst


















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4/8/2010

Go to the Datastreme website and do the following:

Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


Read both the Daily Summary and Supplemental Information for both Wednesday and Thursday.

Answer #6-#17 of CWS-B and print both images.

18-19. Answer the Concept for the Day questions found in the Daily Summary for Thursday.

20. Read the "Supplemental Information" for Wednesday. Compare and contrast the differences between El Niño and La Niña. (What conditions form each?)

21. "ENSO" stands for what?

22. What are temperatures like across the northern Rockies and adjacent high Plains during El Niño years?

23. Using the Supplemental Information from Thursday, what are "Jet Streaks"?

24. When was the Jet stream discovered?

25. Where in the atmosphere do surface low-pressure systems in the midlatitudes develop?

26.For April 7th, 1990 in the historical data, what was the morning low temperature for Evanssville, Indiana?

27. What was the seasonal snowfall for Binghamton, NY April 8, 1990 for the season?

For those of you interested, here is a list of weather spotter training sessions. I've always found them sessions to be quite useful. You do NOT have to be a spotter to attend the training. I give extra credit if you attend. Note the one in Bedford...

National Weather Service Spotter Training!


Hand in your work Friday. Dress for the weather for tomorrow.






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3/30/2010

Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1-2. Read the Concept for the Day for Tuesday and answer both questions.

3-15. Print out both images, then answer the questions found under CWS-A #1-13

Read the Supplemental information for Tuesday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

16. What is needed in order to make reasonably accurate wind observations?

17. Why might the decorative wind vanes on rooftops be an inadequate indicator of wind direction?

18. Ideally, how high should the wind indicator be mounted above the surface?

19. What happens to wind speeds as a high pressure cell nears?

Use the following websites as a resource to answer the following questions.


Beaufort scale



Unit Conversion...


20. Wind causes dust, leaves, and loose paper to be lifted, and small tree branches move. HWhat is the wind speed in Miles Per Hour?

Weather Spotter Training!!!

For those of you interested, here is a list of weather spotter training sessions. I've always found them to be quite useful. You do NOT have to be a spotter to attend the training. I give extra credit if you attend. Note the one in Bedford...

National Weather Service Spotter Training!


Check out the following website using phenology.

Project BudBurst














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4/6/2010


Do NOT go to ANY website other than those linked from today's exercise OR this page. All internet rules for NLCS apply. See your handbook if you have questions.


Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1-17. Print out the images, then answer the questions found under CWS-A #1-17

18-19. Read the Concept for the Day for Tuesday and answer both questions.


Read the Supplemental information for Tuesday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

20. How large does an atmospheric feature have to be in order to be considered to be a planetary scale feature?

21. How large are atmospheric phenomena that persist for the longest time?

22. Macroscale features typically last how long?

23. How large are atmospheric mesoscale features?

24. What is the range of size found in atmospheric microscale features?

25. What kind of measurements are needed to capture many microscale phenomena?

26. How often must measurements be taken in order to capture mesoscale phenomena?

27. How do meteorologists detect and track macro- or synoptic scale atmospheric features?

28. The seasonal monsoon circulations of both the Indian sub-continent and the Southwestern United States are examples of what scale features?

29. Using the historical weather events for April 5th, in what state did the deadliest tornado of 1972 occur?

30. Using the historical weather events for April 6th, how high were the recorded waves on Lake Michigan? Why were the waves that large?

Use the following websites as a resource to answer the following questions.


Beaufort scale



Unit Conversion...


Weather Spotter Training!!!

For those of you interested, here is a list of weather spotter training sessions. I've always found them to be quite useful. You do NOT have to be a spotter to attend the training. I give extra credit if you attend. Note the one in Bedford...

National Weather Service Spotter Training!


Check out the following website using phenology.

Project BudBurst










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4/1a/2010

OK, I want you to do all the Problems and Exercises questions on page 186 (#1 through 6, including all the letters - 5A through H, and 6I through M.




















Now that I have your attention, April Fool!


Go to the Datastreme website and do the following:

Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1. Read both the Daily Summary and Supplemental Information for both Wednesday and Thursday.

2-17 . Answer #1-#16 of CWS-B and print both images.

18-19. Answer the Concept for the Day questions found in the Daily Summary for Thursday.

14. Read the "Supplemental Information" for Wednesday. What is the "Ekman spiral"?

15. What causes the the "Ekman spiral"?

16. Read the "Supplemental Information" for Thursday. Why do meteorologists want to look at more than one level of the atmosphere?

For those of you interested, here is a list of weather spotter training sessions. I've always found them sessions to be quite useful. You do NOT have to be a spotter to attend the training. I give extra credit if you attend. Note the one in Bedford...

National Weather Service Spotter Training!


Hand in your work Friday. Dress for the weather for tomorrow.






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3/30/2010

Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1-2. Read the Concept for the Day for Tuesday and answer both questions.

3-15. Print out both images, then answer the questions found under CWS-A #1-13

Read the Supplemental information for Tuesday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

16. What is needed in order to make reasonably accurate wind observations?

17. Why might the decorative wind vanes on rooftops be an inadequate indicator of wind direction?

18. Ideally, how high should the wind indicator be mounted above the surface?

19. What happens to wind speeds as a high pressure cell nears?

Use the following websites as a resource to answer the following questions.


Beaufort scale



Unit Conversion...


20. Wind causes dust, leaves, and loose paper to be lifted, and small tree branches move. HWhat is the wind speed in Miles Per Hour?

Weather Spotter Training!!!

For those of you interested, here is a list of weather spotter training sessions. I've always found them to be quite useful. You do NOT have to be a spotter to attend the training. I give extra credit if you attend. Note the one in Bedford...

National Weather Service Spotter Training!


Check out the following website using phenology.

Project BudBurst






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3/18/2010

For today, explore the following site, click on EACH different type of optical phenomena and describe how each forms. (After clicking on "Rays and Shadows", the page has 11 different types of optical phenomena to describe - click on each topic/image to get the information). Other pages are similar, so do NOT take your time doing this.

Atmospheric Optics




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3/16/2010
This will be slightly different in that you will NOT answer the CWS questions.

We are nearing the time where we split time inside and outside. Days which are relatively nice - meaning no precipitation - there is a good chance we will be outside. Understand, it may be a bit cool, or windy - so dress for the conditions!

Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


Click on the "Daily Summary" for Monday.
1. Does setting the clocks an hour ahead due to DST really add an extra hour of daylight to the day?

2. How is "Z" time affected by DST?

3. What was yesterday called, and why? (the 15th of March)

4. In 1906...The temperature at Snake River, WY reached what figure?

5. What happened in 1988 across the northeast Texas Panhandle to the Ozark area of Missouri and Arkansas?

Use this link to answer the questions which follow.

USA TODAY


6. When does hurricane season on the Atlantic oncean begin?

7. How many tropical storms and hurricanes are predicted to form in the Atlantic hurricane basin this season? (according to AccuWeather)

8.How many storms form in the Atlantic basin in a typical year?

9. What are the most well-known seasonal hurricane forecasting outfits?

10. When predicting hurricanes, what factors do forecasters take into account?

11. Based on data that goes back to the late 1940s, what relationship does the tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic basin have with tropical cyclone activity in the Pacific basin?

12. What is the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation?

13. What is the effect of a combination of an El Niño year, "a cold year in the tropical North Atlantic, and a cool phase of the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation relative to the hurricane season in the North Atlantic?

Use this link to answer the questions which follow.

BlogRoll...


14. Cloud formation is controlled by what?

15. Before cloud drops coalesce and begin to fall in the cloud gathering size as they capture other tiny drops along their fall and eventually produce rain, what has to happen?

16. If water loading is not high enough, what happens to a cloud?

17.The form of precipitation we get depends on what factors?

18. What happens if temperatures in cloud and at ground are just a hair below freezing?

19. It turns out that on any day the ability for air to rise and form a tall cloud, we call a cumulonimbus, depends on what?

20. Fog formation is controlled by what?

21. The next time you blame the weather person for a "bad forecast" just remember it may have been that the forecast was "almost" perfect, but what was missed?

Again, check out the following website using phenology. You may want to participate in this, it's basic climatology research done on a local to grand scale!

Project BudBurst








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3/11/2009

I hope you enjoyed your day outside yesterday!

Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1. Read both the Daily Summary and Supplemental Information for both Wednesday and Thursday.

2. Answer #1-#11 of CWS-B and print both images.

12-13. Answer the Concept for the Day questions found in the Daily Summary for Thursday.

14. Read the current week's news. (take the link to find the answer)
Changes in the climate are a factor in the spread of what disease?

15. How was the length of a day affected by the earthquake in Chile?

16. Using the Supplemental Information for Wednesday, list and define the 4 types of drought.

17. Again using the Supplemental Information for Wednesday, why is the start of a drought usually subtle?

18. Summarize the Supplemental Information for Thursday.

19. List the date, time, and place in Bedford of the 2010 NWS spotter training. (use the link below)

For those of you interested, here is a list of weather spotter training sessions. I've always found them to be quite useful. You do NOT have to be a spotter to attend the training. I give extra credit if you attend. Note the one in Bedford...

National Weather Service Spotter Training!


Hand in your work Friday.




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3/9/2010

Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1. Read the Concept for the Day for Tuesday and answer both questions.

3. Print out both images, then answer the questions found under CWS-A #3-15 (beginning after the sentence "Clouds are conglomerations of tiny water droplets (and/or ice particles) that formed from condensation (or deposition) of water vapor."


Read the Supplemental information for both Monday and Tuesday and use the information found there to answer the following questions.

16. The onset of spring growth usually depends upon what factors?

17. What is a phenological observation?

18. In maintaining a phenological observation record, when selecting events for observation, what factors should you consider?

19. A study of the anomalous atmospheric and oceanic circulation patterns associated with 1997-1998 El Niño episode reveals what about precipitation patterns in different locales around the planet?

20. Define "Average Residence Time" relative to meteorology.

Check out the following website using phenology.

Project BudBurst






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3/4/2010

Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1. Read the Daily Summary for both Wednesday and Thursday.

2. Answer the Concept for the Day questions found in the Daily Summary for Thursday.

3. Answer #7-#14 of CWS-4B and print all three images.

15. Read the current week's news. (take the link to find the answer)

16. According to the Supplemental Information for Wednesday, The average date of the last spring freeze depends upon what 3 factors?

17. Using the Supplemental Information for Thursday, If the average temperature of an intervening atmospheric layer were colder than the standard, how will the altimeter read (be affected)?

Hand in your work.







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3/2/2010
Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1. Read the Daily Summary for both Monday and Tuesday.

2. Answer the Concept for the Day questions found in the Daily Summary for Tuesday.

3. Answer #3-#18 of CWS-A and print all images.

****To answer the following questions, acquire the meteogram for the Bloomington NWS station (ID = KBMG) by clicking the following link:

Meteograms


19. What has been the general trend of air pressure throughout the course of the day?

20. Note the black lines are Midnight and Noon, respectively. Pay attention to when the meteogram started. What was the temperature at 1600Z on March 2nd?

21. Read the Supplemental Information for both Monday and Tuesday.
Variations in pressure over time at a particular point are caused by several factors.
List them.

22. Image 3 for Monday shows 2 low pressure systems side by side in the NorthEastern U.S. primarily over the state of New York. Do the wind patterns shown on the wind roses in the station models of the areas immediately surrounding the low pressure areas support the low pressure ID being where they are? Why or why not?

You may get meteograms from any available station as long as you either know or can find its ID.





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2/25/2010
Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1. Read the Daily Summary for both Wednesday and Thursday.

2. Answer the Concept for the Day questions found in the Daily Summary for Thursday.

4. Answer #1-#13 of CWS-4B and print image#1.

17. Read the current week's news. Explain how a warmer planet could produce more stagnant weather patterns (take the link to find the answer)

18. Again using the Current Week's News, How can a decline in California's coastal fog threaten redwoods?

19. According to the Supplemental Information for Wednesday, how has the weather been this winter for most people? (i.e. the "bottom Line")

20. Using the Supplemental Information for Thursday, list and define each of the meteorological seasons.

Hand in your work.



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2/23/2010
Use the datastreme website to complete the exercises below.

Project Datastreme


1. Read the Daily Summary for both Monday and Tuesday.

2. Answer the Concept for the Day questions found in the Daily Summary for Tuesday.

3. Answer #5-#17 of CWS-4B and print image#1.

18. Read the current week's news. List the differences between the "Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale," which differs slightly from the familiar Saffir-Simpson Scale. (take the link to find the answer)

19. Again using the Current Week's News, How can a warming planet mean more snow?

20. Compare the location of the southern boundary of permafrost found in the central Canada's James Bay region 50 years ago with its current location.

Hand in your work.




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2/19/2010
Follow the instructions for yesterday, and ***hand in your work when finished***. Then use the following links and get familiar with the material.

This link has probably the best example of how a weather forecast model can change with increased data collection and incorporation of said data into the models.

Surface Data Analysis




Upper Air Chart Analysis



Many great links.

UM weather


For fun, but other places have stormchasing weather too...

OzThunder




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2/18/2010

Similar to last week, and again, you won't have as much time to complete this exercise due to the weather cancellations. (And again!)This page is VERY dynamic, and is changed weekly. If you miss a day of lab, it WILL be gone by Sunday night with no chance of making it up...

IF you get the chance to look at this at home, please do so! One of the things about Meteorology is that you can watch a dynamic system in operation and see what happens over a period of time under various conditions. Get into the habit of observing, not just looking.

You will need to do the CWSA questions for Monday (the 3rd #1 through #13) and CWSB questions for Wednesday (Start with the 3rd #1 through #9).

You will also need to answer the "Concept For The Day" questions found in the Daily Summary for Tuesday and Thursday.

We will be back in the lab tomorrow.

Computer lab
Follow the instructions carefully, especially the part about printing images.

Click on the following link (right button click/ new tab) to open the page into a separate tab so that you may move back and forth between pages easily, then click back on this page to read further through your instructions.


Project Datastreme






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2/12/2010

When you finish with yesterday's assignment, hand all of it in AFTER you staple it together - Maps on the back.
Then use the following link to check out a different weather site:

Intro to clouds...


You need to become very familiar with cloud types. There are *many* good websites with cloud charts on the Internet. There is also a chart in the back of your textbook.

2/11/2010

Similar to last week, but for one small, itsy-bitsy item: You won't have as much time to complete this exercise due to the weather cancellations. This page is VERY dynamic, and is changed weekly. If you miss a day of lab, it WILL be gone by Sunday night with no chance of making it up...

You will need to do the CWSA questions for Monday (the 3rd #3 through #17) and CWSB questions for Wednesday (Start with the 3rd #1 through #9).

You will also need to answer the "Concept For The Day" questions found in the Daily Summary for Tuesday and Thursday.

We will be back in the lab tomorrow.

Computer lab
Follow the instructions carefully, especially the part about printing images.

Click on the following link (right button click/ new tab) to open the page into a separate tab so that you may move back and forth between pages easily, then click back on this page to read further through your instructions.


Project Datastreme









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2/4/2010
Computer lab
Follow the instructions carefully, especially the part about printing images.

Click on the following link (right button click/ new tab) to open the page into a separate tab so that you may move back and forth between pages easily, then click back on this page to read further through your instructions.


Project Datastreme


1. Click on the "Daily Summary" for Wednesday and read through the summary.

2. Click on the "Daily Summary" for THURSDAY. Again read through the material, then answer the two questions listed under "Concept for the Day". (to be handed in)

3. Click on the "Current Week's News" and read through it. This is important, as you can see what has been going on with the weather throughout the week.

4. Under "Current Weather Studies" click on "Wednesday - CWSB" and print image #1 by doing the following: Click on Image #1, then while your cursor is over the image, do a right-button click, then "print image". Do NOT just click on print, it will print the website. And will cause you to lose lab points.
THEN start with the 3rd question #3 shown on the page (after the section dealing with the weather cycler), and answer the questions #3 - #14.

15. Click on the link near the page bottom to read through the NWS wind speed conversion link.
A wind that is 22 Mph would be how many knots per hour?

Hand in your paper when you are finished.



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2/2/2010

Computer lab
Follow the instructions carefully, especially the part about printing images.

Click on the following link (right button click/ new tab) to open the page into a separate tab so that you may move back and forth between pages easily, then click back on this page to read further through your instructions.


Project Datastreme


1. Click on the "Daily Summary" for Monday and read through the summary. Under the heading "Historical Events", WEATHERWISE, What happened Feb 1, 1951 relative to ice?

2. Click on the "Daily Summary" for TUESDAY. Again read through the material, then answer the two questions listed inder "Concept for the Day". (to be handed in)

3. Click on the "Current Week's News". What is the new record for wind speed (outside of or other than a tornado!)?

4. Click on "Earthweek" at or near the page bottom. What does this show?

5. Under "Current Weather Studies" click on "Monday - CWSA" and print image #1 by doing the following: Click on Image #1, then while your cursor is over the image, do a right-button click, then "print image". Do NOT just click on print, it will print the website. And will cause you to lose lab points.
THEN start with question #4, and answer the questions #4 - #9.

Hand in your papers when you finish, then click on the links near the page bottom to read through the NWS (What is the NWS?) common terminology links.




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1/27/2010

Go to the following website, read the material for each section within the "Atmosphere" and take the quiz afterward. Print out the certificate and hand it in by the end of class.
To see each section, when you reach the page bottom click on "next".


Jetstream Atmosphere





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1/19/2010
OK, If you didn't quite grasp what has to be done in order to draw an isopleth, click the following link and when you get to the website, read the material. Then click on the highlighted terms and complete the exercise.




Contour (isopleth) Analysis explanation and Practice





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1/18/2010

Click on the following link, read through the material, then follow the instructions and practice drawing contour lines (isopleths) using the interactive exercise. Note that I want you to READ THE MATERIAL BEFORE you start the interactive part. It's important to follow the directions AND the sequence or the lesson gets lost.

Make sure you also read the rules of contouring by clicking the link,
or by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Do exercises 1 through 5 using the following link:


Contour Analysis Practice


If you have problems, take a look at the solutions, and figure out what you are doing RIGHT, as well as what you are doing WRONG...

Note that your drawing does NOT have to be perfectly drawn, just between the correct data points.

Good luck, and I'll see you tomorrow. Note that tomorrow I will be going over the maps I gave out (and partially went over Friday).

Make sure you bring your completed maps to class tomorrow.

LSB

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1/12-13/2010

1) What information can be found on this site (and links from it)?



NCAR!



Follow instructions and answer questions using the site below. This will set you up for the rest of the labs, so pay attention to what you are doing!



Project Datastreme!




2) What is the symbol used for a thunderstorm? (look in weather map symbols)



3) Click on "Surface", then "Isotherms and Temperatures". Print out the page.



4) Using the print out, what are isotherms?



5) At what interval are isotherms printed on the print out?



6) Click on "Isobars and Pressures". Print out the page.



7) Using the print out, what are isobars?



8) At what interval are the isobars printed on trhe print out?



Click on "Isobars, Fronts, Radar, and Data".



9) Print out the page. Compare the printout to the screen. What might become a problem if you were using only the printout to see the information?



10) Click on "Upper Air" then "500 mB data". What is the wind speed and the direction in Cincinnati, Ohio? (Use the map symbols link to find out)



11) Click on "Current NWS Weather Watches and Warnings". What are the current watches or warnings for Indiana?



12) Compare the latest Infrared data to the latest water vapor data. How well do they match? (Exact, very close, not very well, or not at all)

When you finish with the above material, read through the following website about the history of and instruments used in meteorology.

A history of Weather Instruments...


...there will be a quiz over this tomorrow.



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1/11/01
Today's assignment is below; I would like to give you an assignment form your book in addition to today's computer lab.

On page 25 in the Problems and Exercises section do #2. Note that this is NOT just for tomorrow, but is continuing. We'll be using your data from time to time to see patterns.

Today's computer lab activity:

Research the following and write a 1 page typed report - 1 inch margins, 12 pt. font, double spaced, sources cited.

This should take more than one day, if done correctly. School communication guidelines should be followed.

I want a report on jobs in or related to meteorology - find one, choose one, bring it to me for approval, research it, then write it.

This link is a good starting place:


American Meteorological Society Career Center


Here's another good site:

NOAA employment


Things to be included:
Title, job description, hours worked, working conditions, job requirements, salary ranges - give examples of the reasons for differences in pay scale range - and how education affects salary. 1 Picture IF APPROPRIATE, taking up no more than 2.5" by 2.5".

You will also be allowed to type it next time we are in the computer lab.


Places you will go...
Take a look through the links on this page and become familiar with the information on this website. You'll be here again...

AMETSOC Project Datastreme


Use this for up to date weather conditions for Bedford.

Parkview Primary School Weatherbug Website



National Weather Service Glossary



USA Today Weather Resources

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