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Satellite Meteorology
This course was developed for middle and high school students to help them develop an understanding of satellite meteorology. The course modules offer hands-on exercises, problems with solutions, and assessments.
http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/satmet/

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NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab
This website features images and animations from NOAA satellite data.  A short description accompanies each image or animation.GOES and POES are the main satellites used.   Favorite and education sections  feature select images and animations.  Posters are also available from the education section.  There are links to other NOAA websites and external ones.  There is one interactive kiosk with data sets.
https://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/

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Doppler Radar
Have you ever wondered about what "Doppler" Radar is when you hear about it on the news? This article from NASA describes this technology and how it works to assist in weather prediction. Use the quiz to check your understanding.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream/doppler/doppler_intro.html

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Exploring the Environment
Use satellite images to predict the weather for a specific outdoor event.
http://ete.cet.edu/modules/modules.html

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Scholastic Winter Storms
This is a fun interactive site that lets you become not just the "weather man" but the "weather maker" and see for yourself what happens when temperatures change.
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/wwatch/winter_storms/

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NASA Earth Observatory Data and Images
This is a great rainfall animation site. If you want to see the amount of rainfall on the Earth between certain dates ... this is the site you want.
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/GlobalMaps/

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How to Read "Surface" Weather Maps
What do the symbols on a weather plot stand for? These symbols are a meteorologists "notes" on conditions such as cloud cover, temperature, precipitation, and wind speed. By interpreting these symbols, you get a story of the weather conditions at the time. You can check your understanding with some real weather plots (in PDF format).
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream/synoptic/wxmaps.html

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Synoptic Meteorology
Synoptic meteorology ideals with viewing the weather at a common point in time. This tutorial guides you through lessons on clouds, wind, air masses, and how to read weather maps. There is a quiz to check your understanding. Teachers: There are several activities associated with these topics.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream/synoptic/synoptic_intro.html

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Listening to Raindrops Underwater
This site is a little different when talking about precipitation because it talks about raindrops underwater. I thought it was interesting to learn about and also hear the drops underwater.
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Rain/rain.php

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Welcome to Falkland Islands
This is an interactive site on the Falkland Islands. It gives tourism information, environmental statistics, and information on the geography, geology, and wildlife of the islands. It has some very good photos & graphics and lots of good information.
https://www.falklandislands.com/

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Data and Images
This site allows you to build animations of satellite images showing global changes over time of such factors as temperature, ozone concentration, vegetation, precipitation, and cloud cover.
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/GlobalMaps/

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What is Weather?
This site contains short animations that illustrate weather terms. Information is presented using bright colors and animated action and is conceptually clear, well designed and developmentally appropriate for upper elementary school students. Teachers can insert this animation into their interactive presentations and/or assign the site to students to use on their own.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/whatisweather/aboutweather/flash_menu.shtml

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NOAAWatch, NOAA's All Hazard Monitor
NOAAWatch provides current data and information on environmental threats ranging from oil spills, to hurricanes and tsunamis, to space weather, and explains the role of NOAA in prediction, monitoring, and recovery from environmental hazards.
http://www.weather.gov/briefing/

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Global Climate Change
One can explore scientific data gathered by researchers relating to the climate change and global effects in the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere, and biosphere.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/climate/global-effects/index.html

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Satellites Act as Thermometers in Space
Read how scientists are using images from satellites to document changes in the Earth' temperature. There are several maps that show the change using a color scale.
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2004/0315skintemp.html

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Seasons and Temperature
Find out why we have seasons. Learn about measuring temperature and global warming.
http://extension.illinois.edu/treehouse/introduction.cfm?section=seasons

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Air Pressure and Wind
Learn about the tools used to predict and measure air pressure and wind.
http://extension.illinois.edu/treehouse/introduction.cfm?section=airpressur ...

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Clouds and Moisture
Get the information you need about precipitation. Topics include relative humidity, clouds, rain, sleet and hail.
http://extension.illinois.edu/treehouse/introduction.cfm?section=clouds

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Hurricanes - Modern Marvels
This is a 45-minute video by Modern Marvels on hurricanes. It has excellent graphics and footage of actual hurricanes. It examines the technology used to study the weather elements associated with hurricanes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB8Bxv4_Csw

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Weather: What Forces Affect Our Weather
Explore the forces behind the weather. Try your hand at tornado chasing or discover how wind chill works
http://www.learner.org/interactives/weather/index.html

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September 2003 temperature variation from 1961-1990 averages
Discover monthly, seasonal, or yearly temperature and precipitation trends in comparison to over 100 years of archived data. Click on a state to view temperature and precipitation data for that state.
https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/

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Storm Prediction Center
Find severe weather forecasts, convective forecast, watch and warning maps, & scientific references on tornadoes, many of which are available on-line.
https://www.spc.noaa.gov/

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US Interactive Climate Pages
Find point and click climate information for individual cities in the United States. Obtain the climatologies of temperature, precipitation and other variables for cities throughout the United States and its possessions.
https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/data/usclimate/

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Florida State Information from IWIN
Here you will find up-to-date weather bulletins for the state of Florida. See satellite and radar images as well as read the latest severe weather warnings and advisories.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/states.php?state=fl&map=on

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CDEC Resource Directory
Find data for 'water' conditions in California.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/

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California State Information: Weather
Get up- to -the -minute weather information about California cities.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/states.php?state=ca&map=on

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AMS Composite GOES Image Viewer and Data Lister
This webpage host a near real-time composite infra-red satellite picture of the United States that the user can interactively explore the temperature as seen from the space. The images are created every three hours using the 10.7 um data from GOES earth orbiting satellite system. This visual resource may be suitable for integration into lectures, labs and other teaching and learning activities.
https://www.ssec.wisc.edu/~tomw/ams/amsimage.html

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What does the brightness of a cloud mean on the TV weather shows?
The following interactive exercise on this webpage is an introduction to interpreting satellite weather images typically seen on evening news. The image shown is an example of an infrared (IR) image made from a radiometer flown on the GOES-8 satellite. Other features include a complete set of instructions and related questions.
http://profhorn.meteor.wisc.edu/wxwise/satir/IRCloud.html

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Weather Predictions - Modern Marvels
This 44-minute Modern Marvels video examines the technology involved in improving weather forecasting. This video contains excellent historical information on early weather instruments.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_IjasVl2WA

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Web Weather For Kids
This complete site includes pages on clouds, hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes, blizzards, and safety. There are activities, stories, and games for the young learner.
https://scied.ucar.edu/webweather

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Interactive Weather Maker
Don't just report the weather; control it! Use this Interactive Weather Maker and you can turn a sunny day into a windy day or a rainy day. If you create the correct conditions, you can even make a blizzard - complete with a whiteout!
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/wwatch/winter/blizzard/index.htm

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National Data Buoy Center
The National Weather Service maintains a network of buoys, which record data hourly. You can click on the map for a specific buoy, learn how the data is used, and examine the information graphically.
https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/rmd.shtml

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Weather Photography
Click here for some amazing photographs of atmospheric phenomena. Topics include clouds, hail, lightning and much more.
http://www.australiasevereweather.com/photography/

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Weather Panel
View the current weather conditions at Science Bob's Lab in Newton, MA, updated every minute.
https://sciencebob.com/

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Kids Weather Links
This page is an index of sites about weather. There are links that lead to pages within the site and 19 links to outside weather sites. This is a good resource for finding information on weather.
http://79.170.44.8/inactive.cgi?site=illiniweather.com;key=40802c019b6cd1f5 ...

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Learning to Draw Contours - the Web Way!
This webpage contains an exercise design to teach the student user how to use the computer mouse to contour a map. The student users are presented with a series of plotted data points that will determine the contoured field they are then challenged to contour the field before looking at the answer.
http://profhorn.meteor.wisc.edu/wxwise/contour/Learncn2.html

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Introduction to contouring
This webpage contains an exercise design to teach the student user how to use the computer mouse to practice map contouring. The exercise requires the student step through a series of pictures containing data values that they are asked to "analyze" by drawing isopleths that connect points of equal value.
http://profhorn.meteor.wisc.edu/wxwise/contour/Learncon.html

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What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?
These two words can be confusing. This page uses several maps to explain the relationship between weather (day-to-day events) and climate (weather data over long periods of time).
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/noaa-n/climate/climate_weather.html

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How's the weather on other planets?
Earth isn't the only planet with weather. But it’s by far got the best. Travel the solar system as you learn about the weather on other planets.
https://scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov/planetary-weather/

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Weather Safety
Weather safety guidelines aimed at children are found on this page. Storms, floods, earthquakes, heat waves and more are all available.
http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-safety.htm

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Weather Activities
On this page find hands-on activities on fog, clouds, conduction, convection, tornadoes, lightning, and rain.
https://scied.ucar.edu/activities

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Rainfall Calculator
Calculate the amount of rain water (precipitation) that will fall on a certain surface.
https://www.lenntech.com/calculators/rain/rainfall-precipitation.htm

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Calculate the Wind Chill
This program allows the user to calculate the wind chill. The learner inputs data and the program returns the answers.
https://www.lenntech.com/calculators/wind/wind-chill.htm

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Jet Stream and Horizontal Temperature Gradients
This webpage with the assistance of an interactive Java Applet explains how the existence of the polar front jet streams is tied to the presence of horizontal temperature gradients. Other features include a complete set of instructions, a series of questions, and embedded links within the text, that takes the user to separate windows or web pages with additional information.
http://profhorn.meteor.wisc.edu/wxwise/kinematics/jetcore2.html

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Stuff in the Sky!
Learn more about air, the sun, clouds, water, rainbows, and pollution.
http://eo.ucar.edu/kids/sky/index.htm

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Bad Meteorology
Misconceptions about cloud formation, raindrop shape, greenhouse effect, and water rotation in a sink are addressed on this page.
https://www.ems.psu.edu/~fraser/BadMeteorology.html

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Weather vs Climate
Learn the difference between weather and climate.
https://scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov/weather-v-climate/

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Current Marine Data
Find near real-time wave directions and height, sea surface temperature, and more. Show your students that "weather" is not just a land concept—but rather, oceans too!
http://www.oceanweather.com/data/

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Weather
Learn about clouds, air pressure, lightning, wind, and other weather elements at this site.
https://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0772916.html

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California Weather
This page will give weather information for any location in California. It features a 5 day forcast.
https://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Californ ...

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How Fast is the Wind?
Measure wind speeds near your home or school by making a spinning anemometer. When does the wind blow fastest or slowest? Enter measurements online and compare them to wind speeds across the country.
http://static.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/portfolio/how-fast-is-the-w ...

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Snow
Learn all about snow at this colorful and informative site. How snow is formed, why some snow is better for skiing and some snow is better for snowballs. You can even learn the many words the Inuits use to describe different types of snow.
http://www.units.miamioh.edu/dragonfly/snow/snow.shtml

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Weather Information
See current weather patterns for the U.S. and the world, find active severe weather warnings and view videos of severe and unusual weather....
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/national.php?thumbs=on

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Wind, Upwelling and Oceangraphic Seasons
This page deals with the upwelling off the California coast and how the winds affect the Ekman Transport.
https://montereybay.noaa.gov/sitechar/phys23.html

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Inventions
This site provides a historical timeline of inventions and discoveries. The site also provides a brief description of the scientist and how the invention or discovery came about.
http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/people_n2/science_n2/inventions.html

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OLogy: Make Your Own Weather Station
Create weather tools to gather wind, rain, and pressure data in your neighborhood.
https://www.amnh.org/ology/features/stufftodo_earth/weather_main.php?TB_ifr ...

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Climate of California
Learn about the climate and weather that is found in California.
https://wrcc.dri.edu/narratives/CALIFORNIA.htm

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Rain Gauge
Design your own rain gauge and accurately measure the amount of rain that falls during both light and heavy showers.
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/projects/raingauge.html

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Take the Wind Speed Challenge
Create a wind speed box or anemometer that will help you measure how fast the wind is moving. Record your results and follow the weather in your area.
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/projects/windspeed.html

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Barometer Project
Measure air pressure by making your own barometer. Learn how high and low air pressure effects weather conditions.
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/projects/barometer.html

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Wind Vane Project
Make a wind vane that will help you determine the direction of the wind and improve your weather forecasting abilities.
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/projects/windvane.html

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GLOBE: Educator's Corner
This site gives teachers the ability to plan useful learning activites for their students. On this site you will find information on teacher workshops, teacher resources, learning activities, learning standards, and assessment.
https://www.globe.gov/?educorn

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Earth Labs for Educators and Policy Makers
The labs involve: "Where's the Water?", watershed, climate,precipitation patterns,droughts of past,drying of the American West,"Is your region ready for drought?",Drought Migitation Tradeoff-s. Drip irrigation is listed in the Drought Migitation Tradeoffs.
https://serc.carleton.edu/earthlabs/drought/8.html

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Weather and Climate Basics Precipitation (Water Falling from the Sky)
This site has many different lessons, information, and games not only on precipitation, but also on all types of weather usable for both students and teachers.
http://www.eo.ucar.edu/basics/wx_2_b.html

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Globe Schools
This site is a science teacher's dream. Students can access scientists and submit their own data collected from the atmosphere, water, or soil.
https://www.globe.gov/

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Using Visualization Tools to Study the Atmosphere
Gain a better understanding of the forces that influence our weather and climatic change using visualization tools developed for use by ARM. These tools include weather balloons, mounted weather stations, radiometers, and vertical cloud radar.
http://www.ux1.eiu.edu/~cxtdm/met/cms_arm.html

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Arctic Climate Modeling Program
Here is a collection of resources for grades K-12 related to climate and weather concepts with an emphasis on the Arctic. The resources include lesson plans, multimedia presentations, biographies of research scientists, and a database of weather data collected by students.
http://www.arcticclimatemodeling.com/index.html

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Meteorology: An Educator's Resource for Inquiry-Based Learning for Grades 5-9
This resource, written as chapters in pdf format, has background information on topics related to meteorology. But the real value in the activities is its approach to inquiry, guiding students through the process.
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/science/met-guide.html

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Arctic Climate Modeling Program
Learn about weather and climate systems, with an emphasis on the Arctic regions. There are lesson suggestions and multimedia resources for a range of grade levels. There are biographies of the scientists who contribute to the project, and students in Alaska can contribute to the database on snow (although everyone can view the data).
http://arcticclimatemodeling.org/index.html

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Teacher Resource: Weather
This teacher resource contains eight lessons investigating the measurable elements of weather. The lessons are complete with printable handouts and assessments.
https://www.uen.org/core/science/sciber/TRB4/II.shtml

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JetStream Topic Matrix
An online matrix containing links to multiple "tutorials" addressing weather topics.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/matrix.html

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Climate Change for Kids
If you have a question about climate or climate change, this site is for you. Learners can explore what climate is, discover the difference between climate and weather, take a climate quiz, and learn how YOU can make a difference.
https://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/

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Atmospheric Processes: Convection
In this two-part activity, students will observe convective currents in water and observe the air as a fluid.
http://eo.ucar.edu/learn/1_1_2_7t.htm

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DataStreme Atmosphere
This is a curriculum for teachers used to promote learning science, math, and technology using weather as a vehicle across the K-12 curriculum.
https://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/dstreme/index.html

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Web Weather for kids - Thunderstorms & Tornadoes
This interactive site for middle schoolers shows how thunderstorms are formed, what kinds of impact they have and the chaos they can cause. Lots of stories and activities are included.
https://scied.ucar.edu/webweather/thunderstorms

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Weather and Climate
The page provides a lesson plan idea that studies weather and climate through projects, experiments, and interactive games.
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/

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Synoptic Meteorology
Synoptic meteorology introduces pages on clouds, precipitation, air masses, the cyclone model, winds, and weather maps. Included are explanations of the topics, 4 Learning Lessons, and an interactive quiz.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/synoptic/synoptic_intro.html

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The Weather Wiz School
Become involved in the fascinating world of weather. Use the information to make forecasts exactly like the professional meteorologists do.
http://theweatherwiz.com/school.htm

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Teaching Essential Principle 4: Climate varies over space and time through both natural and man-made processes.
This webpage focuses on how to develop lessons that help students understand the differences between weather and climate. It also covers climatic processes that cause natural climate variability, and abrupt climate change, which can be triggered by naturally occurring dynamics. This web resource will be useful to educators teaching at the middle and secondary school grade level for incorporation into classroom lessons or presentation preparation.
https://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/principle_4.html

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Wind In Your Socks
Students construct and use a simple wind sock to measure wind direction and speed.
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Wind ...

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Predicting the Weather: Forecasting
Weather is unpredictable and scientist's use new technologies combined with traditional methods to develop forecasts that benefit and protect people.
http://eo.ucar.edu/basics/wx_4.html

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Precipitation
Look for patterns and changes over a year's time using an animated map.
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Experiments/

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Activities for the Classroom
Click here for dozens of activities that will help students learn about the evolution of technology, the electromagnetic spectrum, weather concepts and much more.
https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities/en/

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NWS JetStream-Introduction to Doppler Radar
Use this page to find answers to frequently asked questions about the type of radar images available, how radar works, and the timeliness of image reporting.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/doppler/doppler_intro.html

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Build Your Own Weather Station
This page provides the instructions for each student to build their own anemometer, barometer, wind vane, rain gauge, and hygrometer.
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/

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What is Temperature?
Temperature is a measure of the average heat or thermal energy of the particles in a substance. Get more information on what is temperature.
http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/light_lessons/thermal/t ...

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Ice Age Documentary
This is a 43-minute video on ice ages in North America.
http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?videoId=P5jfHzKDDJ8

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Ice Age Pleistocene Epock Image
This is a map of Eastern United States illustrating the Southern limit of the Wisconsin glacial padvance.
http://www.epa.gov/gulfofmexico

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Climate and sea level since last glacial maximum
This is a 29-minute video of the European Geosciences Union Assembly of 2011 on unlocking the secrets of climate and sea level changes since the last glacial maximum. It contains excellent graphics and data.
http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?videoId=GtG5v1o0UUA

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Glacier Physics
This page has links to glacier animations and slide shows.
https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/geomorph/visualizations/glacier_phy ...

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Weather Visuals for Class
Scroll through forty different current visuals and diagrams from AccuWeather.com that would be useful in explaining weather concepts.
http://charlesburrows.com/accuweatherpics.htm

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Worksheets for Teaching K7 ESL Young Learners: The Weather
Basic writing worksheets are available for words associated with weather. There are links to flashcard sets and a reading packet puzzle.
https://bogglesworldesl.com/kids_worksheets/weather.htm

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iMapTV – A GIS Interface for Weather
If you've downloaded apps in the past to help you track weather alerts, traffic reports and police advisories, you and your students will love this site. iMapTv lets you access real-time weather maps from across the globe. You can check virtually any area's radar, cloud coverage,current temperatures, ski resort status, weather advisories and storm warnings.
http://weatherradioapp.com/imap-weather/

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Earth from 21,000 B.C. to 3000 A.D.
This is a two-minute animated graphic showing the Earth at 21,000 B.C. to a predicted 3000 B.C. It illustrates glacial and vegetation changes.
http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?videoId=C3Jwnp-Z3yE

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The Science Behind Snowflakes
The author of this article uses poetry to describe how snowflakes form and how scientists classify snowflakes by shape.
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3077345/

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How Can Weather Be Predicted? You can predict what the weather will be like tomorrow by noticing the wind, temperature, and air pressure. These web pages show weather maps and explain how to make your own weather station.

 

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