Weather predicting information that
was once available only to experts is now accessible to everyone via
the internet. In addition to the weather data you collected and
analyzed, you can access satellite and radar images from the same
sites you've been using in the other lessons to look at and try to
predict the weather yourself.
Weather Learning Log or
Results from the last activity (Activity 4)
- Computers with Internet access
Turn to the sheet in your Weather Learning Log or
your Student Worksheet where you recorded your graphs and data
analysis from the last activity. You will need this to answer the
Part 1: How do meteorologists predict the
Discuss and answer the following questions:
- What tools do meteorologists use to predict weather?
- Are they always right? List several examples when they were right or
Part 2: Are weather forecasters
- Go to the CNN Weather
Maps weather web site and access the
satellite and radar images for your country/region. After you access each of the
maps, view the animated version.
- satellite image for your region / country;
- animated satellite image for their region / country;
- radar image for region / country; and
- regional animated radar image for your region /
- In the animated images, was the weather generally
moving in one direction? If so, which?
- How do you think this might assist you to predict,
or forecast the weather?
- In Part 3 of the previous activity, you analyzed the weather from the
previous two weeks to look for trends. How do you think this might assist you to
forecast the weather? For example, was the air pressure falling or raising at the end of the
two-weeks? Did the temperature hold steady?, etc.
- Make predictions for the weather for the next four
(4) days based on the graphs and data analysis from the last activity in addition
to the satellite and radar images. Explain your reasons for your forecast.
- Once you have recorded your forecast, use a newspaper or go to the
Weather Underground (back-up) and look at the forecast for the next
How do your
predictions compare with the predictions on the site?
- Do you agree with the
forecast? Why or why not?
- THE NEXT DAY: Check the accuracy of your forecast with he actual
weather of the day? Was it correct? Was the weather web site's forecast
Part 3: FINAL CONCLUSIONS
Write a few paragraphs describing your final conclusions of this
investigative study. You should include the following:
- Introduction - basic information such as:
- School name, location, grade and/or subject area, etc.
- Main Body
- Name, place, and description of where you measured the
(temperature, precipitation, sky conditions, wind, etc.).
- Description of your investigation (e.g. what you did, how
- Description of each of the weather variables (temperature,
etc.) and the tools used to measure them.
- Summary of the observed weather in each of the three
cities during the two week period (you can include graphs,
charts, etc. for this)
- What is weather?
- How do meteorologists predict weather?
EXTENSION: this last section can be completed over the next several days.
- Record the actual weather for the next four (4) days using the class
instruments and the weather web site every day. At the end of the four
days, answer the following:
- Which forecast was more accurate? yours, the weather web site, both,
- Were the four-day forecasts accurate every day or were they more
accurate for the first couple of days or last couple of days? Why do you