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Introduction to Weather - WebQuest

Matthew Miller & David Stoelzel

EDU 505

Summer 2013

introduction
Introduction

The weather is one of the few aspects in science that you will have a constant interaction with for the rest of your life. How many times have you wanted to know what the weather was going to be in order to figure out what to wear or if you were going to be able to go to an outdoor event? By learning the different factors that go into changing the weather, you will be better prepared for it.

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Task

Your task within this WebQuest is to walk through several websites that will introduce you to different aspects of the study of weather. You will also be answering several questions as you go through this WebQuest.

process
Process

Starting on the next slide, follow the steps laid out to complete this WebQuest. As you go through this WebQuest answer the questions that follow. Base your answers on the information found on the websites given.

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Directions: Follow the links provided to answer all of the questions…Good luck!

Weather for Kids:

A.

Web Weather For Kids

Clouds

- Click http://eo.ucar.edu/webweather/cloud2.html

1.

What is the main process behind cloud formation? _________________

2.

When water molecules move

fast enough to escape into the air, the

molecules are ______________________

3.

What can you do to a container of water to make the water evaporate

faster? ______________

4.

Click

on the link to see how temperature affects air molecules:

a.

Describe what happen

s to the “red” molecules as you adjust the

temperature bar.

______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

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5.

Go back to the main “Cloud” web page, Click on “Cloud Types”.

A.

Lis

t

2 characteristics for the following cloud types:

1. Low clouds

-

Stratus:

2. Middle clouds

-

Altostratus:

3.

High clouds

-

Cirrus:

4.

a. Clouds with vertical development

Cumulus:

b. What are 3 weather related events we get from cumulonimbus clouds?

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B. Winds:

Click HereRead the paragraph at the top, above the links:

a.

What leads to the development of winds?

____________________________________________________

Go to the link “Pressure”

b.

Atmospheric pressure is defined as the

___________________ per

unit area exerted against a ________________ by the

______________ of the air above that surface.

c.

If the number of air molecules above a surface

_________________, there are _______________ molecules to

exert a force on th

at surface and the pressure

____________________.

d.

What is the air pressure at sea level? ________________________

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-

Click the “

” at the bottom to move to the next page titled

“variation with height”

e.

Where would you find fewer air molecules, 50 km above the surface or

12 km above? _________________________

f.

More than half of the atmospheres mole

cules are located below

______________________km

-

Click the “

“ at the bottom to move to th

e next page titled “isobars”

g. A line drawn on a weather map connecting points of equal ___________________is

called an "________________". Isobars are are recorded in ________________________.

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-

Click the “

“ until you reach the screen titled “High Pressure

Centers”.

h.

What’s

another way to describe a high pressure center?

__________________

_________________

k. Label the Anticyclone below:

H

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Click the “

“ until you reach the screen titled “Low Pressure Centers”.

n. Why is cloudy weather (with likely precipitation) associated

with an

area of low pressure?

______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

4. Go to “Names of Wind”

List 2 winds and describes them:

Ø

a.

__________________

-

b.

__________________

-

5.

Go to “Wind Chill Explained with Calculator”:

a. What is the wind chill factor?

_________________________________

________________________

_________________________________________________________

0

b. Choose a temperature: 20

F

Choose a wind speed: 25 mi/hr

Calculate the Wind Chill Factor: __________________

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6.

Precipitation:

Rain: Go to:

How does freezing rain develop?______________________________

______________________________________________________

Where does freezing rain fall mostly? _________________________

Why? ____________________________________________________

____________________________

Snow: Go to http://www.units.muohio.edu/dragonfly/snow/snow.shtml

What are the 3 variables needed to make snow?

1.

____________________________________________

2.

____________________________________________

3.

____________________________________________

List 3 different snow types:

1.

___________________

_______________

2.

___________________

_______________

3.

___________________

_______________

Hail: Go http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/cae/svrwx/hail.htm

How does hail form?_______________________________________

______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

______________________________________

How large can hail get? _______________________________

http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/cld/prcp/home.rxmlClick on “Freezing Rain”

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7.

Wild Weather

Blizzards: Go to: http://www.ussartf.org/blizzards.htm

How does the National Weather Service define a blizzard?_____________

_________________________________________________________

____________

_____________________________________________

Hurricanes

: Go to http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-hurricane.htm

Provide the following facts about hurricanes:

Rotates _______________________ around an ______________

·

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when winds reach

·

______

____mph

Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from ________________ to

·

____________________.

The major reason to stay away from the ocean during a hurricane is

·

because of the ________________________ which does the

MOST DAMAGE and causes the MOST DEATHS.

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Go to http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es1903/es1903page01.cfm

4.

a. What causes a land breeze? __________________________________

___________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________

Draw a diagram

of a

land breeze below:

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b. What causes a

sea breeze

? _______

___________________________

___________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________

Draw a diagram of a sea breeze below:

resources
Resources
  • http://eo.ucar.edu/webweather/cloud2.html
  • http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/%28Gh%29/guides/mtr/fw/home.rxml
  • http://ggweather.com/winds.html
  • http://www.learner.org/interactives/weather/act_windchill/
  • http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/%28Gh%29/guides/mtr/cld/prcp/home.rxml
  • http://www.units.muohio.edu/dragonfly/snow/snow.shtml
  • http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/cae/svrwx/hail.htm
  • http://www.ussartf.org/blizzards.htm
  • www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-hurricane.htm
  • http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es1903/es1903page01.cfm
conclusion
Conclusion

Now that you have an introduction to the study of weather, you are now prepared to use this information and new found knowledge to better prepare yourself for everyday interaction with the weather. Especially recognizing and planning for severer weather.

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