New Haven Public School District
Grade 6 

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Weather's Role

--> Do weather conditions affect the formation of ground level ozone?

In this activity, you will collect and analyze data, make comparisons and determinations about ozone levels. You will need a computer with internet access and a copy of the Student Worksheet and Excel or graph paper.

PART 1: Gather the Data

  1. Take out your copy, or access the Air Quality Guide for Ozone in another browser window.
  2. From the list below, click on the link of the closest city. Locate the city on the map and watch the animation several times. Also mark the location of the city on the map of Connecticut.
Bridgeport, CT New Haven, CT Hartford, CT Groton, CT
  1. Determine the AQI Color of the city for every hour listed and enter the data into the table on your Student Worksheet (hit the escape key to stop the animation at the specified time and refresh/reload button on your browser to reinitiate the animation).
Date and Location:
Time AQI Color Air Quality Max. AQI
Value
 Temperature
(oC
or oF)
Wind Speed (kmh or mph)
ex. 8:00
Green
Good
50
25.7 ºC
8.4 km/h
10:00          
12:00          
14:00          
  1. Write in the corresponding Air Quality condition (Good, Moderate, etc.) and Maximum AQI value (0-50, 51-100, etc.). This information can be found on the Air Quality Guide for Ozone.
  2. In another browser window (CTR+N) or tab (CTRL+T), or another computer, obtain the weather data for the city selected above. Access the Weather Underground site, by clicking the city
    • IMPORTANT: Scroll down to read the hourly data
Bridgeport, CT New Haven, CT Hartford, CT Groton, CT
  1. Determine the Temperature (either oC or oF) and Wind Speed (either kmh or mph) for every hour listed in the table and enter the data in the table in you Student Worksheet.
  2. Make the following three bar graphs using the data in your table (ask your teacher for assistance if you are unsure how to make the graphs).
    1. Ozone (Max. AQI) v. Time
    2. Temperature v. Time
    3. Wind Speed v. Time

PART 2: Analyze the Data
After you have completed the graphs, use the data in the table and the graphs to answer the questions on the Student Worksheet.

 

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