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5/19/2009

Use the following site to explore clouds. Find at least 3 of the linked sites that you thought useful and write what you liked about each.


Cloud resources


Read about ENSO...

ENSO


When you finish and turn in your assignment, read about the heat island effect:

Heat island




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5/15/2009


Go to the following website and do all the interactive parts of the website having to do with weather, especially lightning.


USA Today Graphics







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5/8/2009

Go to the following ebsites and read through ALL the material by clicking on the arrow near the page bottom to go to the next page.


Radar



Satellites


On a small sheet of paper (half sheet will work) list the type of front, and the type of system shown on the following website:

The Weather Channel Online


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5/5/2009

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 realative 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?










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4/30/2009
For today, finish the exercise from Tuesday and turn it back in (Your papers will be on the table where you left them so you can pick them up at the beginning of the period...)

After you finish, start on the following exercise about Hurricanes. Go through the entire exercise, answering questions as you go.

Take a look at this hurricane tracker interactive.

Hurricane Tracker


Use only the names for 2007 unless otherwise instucted. Note that where the location dots start is the point at which the storm began.

Compare the track of Hurricane Andrea with that of Hurricane Olga. (start, end, movement, speed, strength, etc.)
1. What is different about the two tracks?

2. What is really odd about hurricane Andrea's track?

3. Compare the previous tracks with that of hurricane Barry. What is different?

4. Compare the previous hurricanes with hurricane Dean. Again, what are the differences?

5. Now move to the part denoted "Select Big Hurricane", which has very strong and destructive hurricanes as choices. Look at Ivan's track. What is different about the track of Ivan compared to other hurricanes you've already observed?


Browse through the interactive tool and find hurricanes which you may have heard about, and look at their tracks. How do they compare to the others which you've already seen?

Take the link below and read through the material, using the arrows to navigate through the website.

Hurricanes


After you finish, use the following link and read through the resources found there.

Resources



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4/28/2009
Click on the link below called "Classroom Activities".

For all activities DO NOT print out activities UNLESS you are instructed to do so on the page. DO NOT use the Weather visualizer to do any activity. Where you are instructed to use it, skip the question.

Now, Scroll down and click on "Pressure". Complete all activities # 1-5. Do not complete #6.

When you are finished with these, scroll to the page bottom and click the right arrow to go to "Air Masses". Again, complete all activities except for #5.

Click on the right arrow to go to "Precipitation". Do all activities.

Continue with going to the page bottom and clicking on the right arrow for each activity until you have completed each activity. If you finish, go to the following web sites and become familiar with the resources found at each web site.


Classroom Activities




Project WES




Cloud Charts




ISCCP





Weatherworks Links Page





Goddard Space Flight Center




Storm Chasers




NOAA




Unisys




Weatherimages.org












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4/23/2009
For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Wednesday and Thursday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions for Thursday.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Wednesday and Thursday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the image file for CWS B.

4) Answer # 1 - 9 of CWS B, then continue with the quesions found below.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Wednesday and Thursday.

6)Go to the
Weather Channel
website. Read the material on that page and tell me (hint: WRITE IT ON YOUR ANSWER SHEET!) what information you can find there.

7) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.













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4/21/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Monday and Tuesday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Monday and Tuesday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 3 image files.

4) Answer # 1 - 9 of CWS A.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Monday and Tuesday.

Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.

Make sure you take a look at the links near the page bottom for the University of Hawaii website.

Then, AFTER turning in the lab assignment

Click on this LINK to the Datastreme Junction
and have a look at the resources available.














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4/16/2009
For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Wednesday and Thursday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions for Thursday.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Wednesday and Thursday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 3 image files for CWS B.

4) Answer # 1 - 9 of CWS B, then continue with the quesions found below.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Wednesday and Thursday.

6)Go to the
Weather Channel
website and tell me what types of information you can find there.

7) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.





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4/14/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Monday and Tuesday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Monday and Tuesday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 3 image files.

4) Answer # 1 - 14 of CWS A.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Monday and Tuesday.

Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.

Make sure you take a look at the links for the Storm Predictioon Center and the Water Vapor Imagery Loop.

Then, AFTER turning in the lab assignment

Click on this LINK to the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory
and have a look at the resources available.







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4/9/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Wednesday and Thursday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions for Thursday.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Wednesday and Thursday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 2 image files for CWS B.

4) Answer # 6 - 16 of CWS B, then continue with the quesions found below.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Wednesday and Thursday.

6)Go to the
UCAR
website and tell me what information you can find there.

7) Go to the
NCAR
website and tell me what information you can find there, and especially read the article about modeling turbulence in storms.

8) Go to the
EOL
website and tell me what information you can find there.


9) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.














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4/7/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Monday and Tuesday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Monday and Tuesday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 3 image files.

4) Answer # 12 - 25 of CWS A.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Monday and Tuesday.

Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.

AFTER turning in the lab assignment

Click on this LINK to the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory
and have a look at the resources available.








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4/2/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Wednesday and Thursday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions for Thursday.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Wednesday and Thursday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 3 image files for CWS B.

4) Answer # 6 - 16 of CWS B, then continue with the quesions found below.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Wednesday and Thursday.

6)Go to the
The Climate Prediction Center

- watch the animations, read through the material, particularly the historical information, then read the fact sheets.

7) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.









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3/31/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Monday and Tuesday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Monday and Tuesday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 3 image files.

4) Answer # 1 - 17 of CWS A.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Monday and Tuesday.

Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.

AFTER turning in the lab assignment check out the

NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory
public observation program for hail...and other resources...


Click on this LINK to the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory













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3/19/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Wednesday and Thursday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions for Thursday.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Wednesday and Thursday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 3 image files for CWS B.

4) Answer # 1 - 10 of CWS B, then continue with the quesions found below.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Wednesday and Thursday.

6) Go to
WW2020
and take a look at the tutorial on precipitation types. Read through the material on each type of precipitation by clicking on the arrow at the page bottom.

Be able to describe the conditions under which each precipitation type forms.


7) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.


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3/17/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Monday and Tuesday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Monday and Tuesday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 3 image files.

4) Answer # 1 - 10 of CWS A.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Monday and Tuesday.

6) Check out the NWS page for Spotter training and explore the site.

National Weather Service Spotter training page


Where are the next two spotter training sessions held on a weekend?

7. Quarter sized hail is how large?

8. At what range of speeds does wind cause damage to chimneys and TV antennas?

9. Click on and read through the Spotter brochure.

Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.



















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3/12/2009

Don't forget, your take-home test is due tomorrow. You may work on it after you finish this activity.

For today, complete the tutorial linked below.

Atmospheric Optical Phenomena










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3/10/2009



For today, complete the tutorial linked below.

Psychometric chart Interactive tutorial








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3/5/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Wednesday and Thursday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions for Thursday.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Wednesday and Thursday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 2 image files for CWS B.

4) Answer # 1 - 10 of CWS B, then continue with the quesions found below.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Wednesday and Thursday.

6) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.

7) Go to
Weather.com
and take a look at the forecast for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

11. On which day is there supposedly a better chance for precipitation here in Lawrence County?

12. What type of precipitation?

Answer #13 through #15 using the map shown on the following link:

Project Datastreme Isotherms, Fronts, and Data


13. Find Indianapolis. What is the dew point?

14. What weather was being observed in Indianapolis?

15. What cloud cover was observed in Indianapolis?

Read the notes on the following link, then look at the images for examples of atmospheric phenomona:

Idaho State Weather and Climate


More images and exlpanations about how atmospheric phenomena form:

Weatherscapes









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3/3/2009
For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Monday and Tuesday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Monday and Tuesday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 3 image files.

4) Answer # 3 - 14 of CWS A.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Monday and Tuesday.

6) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.

Check out the NOAA page for Alerts and explore the Weather section (small box with clouds in it).

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration























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2/26/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Wednesday and Thursday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions for Thursday.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Wednesday and Thursday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 2 image files for CWS B.

4) Answer # 7 - 13 of CWS B, then continue with the quesions found below.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Wednesday and Thursday.

6) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.

7) Go to
Weather.com
and take a look at the forecast for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

14. On which day is there supposedly a better chance for precipitation here in Lawrence County?

15. What type of precipitation?

Answer #16 through #21 using the map shown on the following link:

Project Datastreme Isotherms, Fronts, and Data


16. Find Indianapolis. What is the dew point?

17. What weather was being observed in Indianapolis?

18. What cloud cover was observed in Indianapolis?

19. Look at where the fronts come together over Kansas. What is the wind direction for all the states surrounding Kansas? (should be an easy general statement!)

20. Explain the reasons for the wind patterns which are surrounding Kansas.

21. What time EST was this map drawn?







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2/24/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Monday and Tuesday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Monday and Tuesday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 2 image files.

4) Answer # 3 - 16 of CWS A.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Monday and Tuesday.

6) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.

There is presently a comet visible in the night sky which can be seen without a telescope - although viewing would be better with binoculars. Comet Lulin is in the Southern sky after dark, and will appear as a green fuzzy patch in the constellation Leo - right next to Saturn, for now. It is moving VERY fast (or at least appears to be, due to its close proximity to Earth). It is NOT a periodic comet, and will NOT be seen in the Solar System again once it leaves.

More info and skymaps:

Spaceweather.com












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2/19/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!


and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Wednesday and Thursday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions for Thursday.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Wednesday and Thursday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the image file for CWS B.

4) Answer # 1 - 13 of CWS B.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Wednesday and Thursday.

6) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.

7) Go to
Weather.com
and take a look at the forecast for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

On which day is there supposedly a better chance for precipitation here in Lawrence County?







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2/17/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Monday and Tuesday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Monday and Tuesday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 2 image files.

4) Answer # 5 - 18 of CWS A.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Monday and Tuesday.

6) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.










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2/12/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!


and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Wednesday and Thursday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Wednesday and Thursday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 2 image files.

4) Answer # 1 - 9 of CWS B. NOTE: The page refers to "Applications" in section 3B figures 7, 8, and 9. They can also be found by using the link at the bottom of #3 of CWS B, or by using the link found here:

Figures


5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Wednesday and Thursday.

6) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.






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2/10/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Monday and Tuesday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Monday and Tuesday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 3 image files.

4) Answer # 1 - 13 of CWS A. There are a couple of questions in the reading below # 13 which you should also answer.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Monday and Tuesday.

6) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.





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2/10/2009

For today, go to the Project Datastreme website

Project Datastreme!

and follow the instructions below.

1) Read the "Daily Summary" for both Monday and Tuesday. Answer the "Concept for the Day" questions.

2) Read the Supplemental Summary pages for both Monday and Tuesday - you will also probably be referring back to them today.

3) Print out the 3 image files.

4) Answer # 1 - 13 of CWS A. There are a couple of questions in the reading below # 13 which you should also answer.

5) Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for Monday and Tuesday.

6) Hand in your lab work for today. Staple the maps and other papers together with your name on the front.




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2/5/2009

Follow the directions below the link using the following website:

Project Datastreme!


1. Read the "Daily Weather Summary" for every day this week using the links provided.

On a separate sheet of paper, for Tuesday and Thursday DWS, answer the "Concept for the Day" questions.

2. Under the "Current Weather Studies" print out each image for both Monday AND Wednesday (LANDSCAPE)

3. Answer # 3 - 16 of the questions found in the "Monday CWS A section.

4. Hand in your answers today, then read through the "Current Week's News".

IF - AND ONLY IF - I don't hand out the supplemental information as copies, print them out and take them with you to read. Do not print them out if I have copies.



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Here is the assignment for today:
1/20/2009

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 the 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)


Here is a nice resource for you - a Java converter for weather units...

NWS Unit Converter

Note that there is also a "portable" version of this available on the web site.

This web site has online training from the NWS. There are *MANY* modules and classes which may be found here:

NWS Web Based Training Modules for Professionals



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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


BONUS! When you are finished, take a look at this web page - and how close this will approach Earth, and how large it is!!!


Universe Today

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