Introduction to Weather - WebQuest. Matthew Miller & David Stoelzel EDU 505 Summer 2013. Introduction.
Matthew Miller & David Stoelzel
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.
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.
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.
Directions: Follow the links provided to answer all of the questions…Good luck!
Weather for Kids:
Web Weather For Kids
- Click http://eo.ucar.edu/webweather/cloud2.html
What is the main process behind cloud formation? _________________
When water molecules move
fast enough to escape into the air, the
molecules are ______________________
What can you do to a container of water to make the water evaporate
on the link to see how temperature affects air molecules:
Describe what happen
s to the “red” molecules as you adjust the
5. questions…Good luck!
Go back to the main “Cloud” web page, Click on “Cloud Types”.
2 characteristics for the following cloud types:
1. Low clouds
2. Middle clouds
a. Clouds with vertical development
b. What are 3 weather related events we get from cumulonimbus clouds?
B. Winds: questions…Good luck!
Click HereRead the paragraph at the top, above the links:
What leads to the development of winds?
Go to the link “Pressure”
Atmospheric pressure is defined as the
unit area exerted against a ________________ by the
______________ of the air above that surface.
If the number of air molecules above a surface
_________________, there are _______________ molecules to
exert a force on th
at surface and the pressure
What is the air pressure at sea level? ________________________
- questions…Good luck!
Click the “
” at the bottom to move to the next page titled
“variation with height”
Where would you find fewer air molecules, 50 km above the surface or
12 km above? _________________________
More than half of the atmospheres mole
cules are located below
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 ________________________.
- questions…Good luck!
Click the “
“ until you reach the screen titled “High Pressure
another way to describe a high pressure center?
k. Label the Anticyclone below:
Click the “ questions…Good luck!
“ until you reach the screen titled “Low Pressure Centers”.
n. Why is cloudy weather (with likely precipitation) associated
area of low pressure?
4. Go to “Names of Wind”
List 2 winds and describes them:
Go to “Wind Chill Explained with Calculator”:
a. What is the wind chill factor?
b. Choose a temperature: 20
Choose a wind speed: 25 mi/hr
Calculate the Wind Chill Factor: __________________
6. questions…Good luck!
Rain: Go to:
How does freezing rain develop?______________________________
Where does freezing rain fall mostly? _________________________
Snow: Go to http://www.units.muohio.edu/dragonfly/snow/snow.shtml
What are the 3 variables needed to make snow?
List 3 different snow types:
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”
7. questions…Good luck!
Blizzards: Go to: http://www.ussartf.org/blizzards.htm
How does the National Weather Service define a blizzard?_____________
: 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
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.
Go to questions…Good luck!http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es1903/es1903page01.cfm
a. What causes a land breeze? __________________________________
Draw a diagram
land breeze below:
b. What causes a questions…Good luck!
Draw a diagram of a sea breeze below:
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.