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The American Meteorological Society - This site has a wonderful list of resources on weather. There is a list of educational initiatives for pre-college teachers, books, videos and more.
Atmosphere - definitions for atmosphere terms, including teacher and student version:
Background Information on Weather Instruments and Scales -
Coriolis Effect (UCSB) - This is a set of four animations, with text explanations, that illustrate what the Coriolis Effect is, how it behaves, and what causes it.
DataStreme Atmosphere is a major teacher enhancement initiative of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Its main goal is the training of Weather Education Resource Teachers who will promote the teaching of science, mathematics and technology using weather as a vehicle, across the K-12 curriculum in their home school districts.
Electricity Misconceptions - This thought-provoking site takes a look at some of our fundamental notions about electricity. It even has a few things to say about Ben Franklin's famous lightning experiment.
Environmental Literacy Project Weather page -
Historic Weather - from Weather Underground, check daily historic weather conditions from 1994 through 2003 for most U.S. locations. Go to any city's forecast page and then click on `Historic Weather.` toward the bottom of the page. Some records are incomplete but the following conditions are usually reported: mean temperature, max. temperature, min. temperature, growing degree days, dew point precipitation, snow depth, standard pressure, sea level pressure, visibility, wind speed, max wind speed, gust speed, events. Enter the city of interest at the top of the following page: (Audience: middle school and up)
How does Doppler radar work? NOAA Weather site.
Hurricanes and Typhoons - Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. Want to see some great satellite images of hurricanes and typhoons? This site has them.
Hurricane Mapping - This site provides real-time tracking of hurricanes, tropical storms, and typhoon data to incorporate into Google Earth, or your own GIS, mapping programs and datasets.  Currently the program is in Beta format and FREE through the end of the year (2007).  The data feeds are live and update directly in Google Earth.
Hurricane Tracker - Interested in the history making 2005 hurricane season? This site is a quick way to visualize storm development and history based on NOAA data. Visualize these meteorological oceanographic events as they unfold via animated hurricane tracks! There is an interactive Hurricane Guide where students can review basic facts and FAQ’s. The 2004 season is also available. The Hurricane Tracker is an easy to use visualization tool appropriate for all age groups.
Hurricane Strike! Hurricane Science & Safety for Students - This site provides a multimedia interactive simulation that teaches students about emergency preparedness, disaster safety, and weather and storm science. Students can track the storm on a map, watch weather updates, prepare emergency supplies, and develop a disaster emergency plan. Additional materials for teachers to use with students in the classroom are available.
Information and some lesson plans on Weather -
Meteograms for selected cities -
National Weather Service - a resource for national, regional, and local weather updates, forecasts, warnings, satellite, and Doppler radar imagery.
NOWCAST, NOAA - This is "NOAA's web mapping portal to real time coastal information and NOAA forecasts." (Actually, all U.S. inland sites are also available.) This highly interactive site is yet another example of how GIS-like interfaces are becoming increasingly more common for data retrieval. Choose an area of interest, zoom in or out, and choose from a variety of data layers. For instance, you can access GOES images, Doppler radar, wave height, sea surface temperature, stream discharge as well as standard weather station data such as temperature, pressure, and wind direction. By selecting an individual data point you can query station data. There is a "how to" lesson plan (in yellow) located on the upper right hand portion of the main page.
The Tornado Project Online - This site contains information about tornado myths, tornado oddities, personal experiences, tornado chasing, tornado safety, and tornadoes in the past as well as more recent tornadoes.
Weather: Graphics and photo scrapbooks from USA Today to help students understand weather:
Weather EYE - KGAN News 2 has weather resources and lesson plans.
Weather Unit from Scholastic - The Weather Maker is part of this page. Interactive Activities and Lesson Plans.
Welcome to Tsunami! - This site covers the mechanisms of tsunami generation and propagation, the impact of tsunamis on humankind, and the Tsunami Warning System.
World Climate: A site where you can get just about any climate data for any city in the world.
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POSTER: Snowflake Thermometer Poster, A marvelous collage by Dorothy Wallace-Senft. This poster shows the type of snowflake formation relative to the temperature. Over 400 of Bentley's snowflake images are cleverly used to illustrate the thermometer.

Project Earth Science: Meteorology, P. Sean Smith and Brent A. Ford. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association. 1994. Excellent weather book with many lesson plans including student pages. (233 pages) Middle - High

The Weather Book, Jack Williams. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association. 1992. A new approach to understanding the weather and how it occurs. (212 pages) Middle - High

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Acid Rain - Part of the Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) series. Lots of activities to investigate acid rain. 1990.
GEMS, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.
Weatherschool - Complete weather curriculum that includes a teacher resource guide and 20 independent lessons with student worksheets and hands-on activities, and software. 1990.
Weatherschool, Yaros Communications, Inc., 7536 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 110, St. Louis, MO 63105, (314) 851-6750. Elem-Middle
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The Climate Puzzle - (video, 1986, 60 min) Part of the Planet Earth series. Looks at modern changes in climate.
Available from and most educational video retailers.
Water Vapor: The Unseen Weather - VHS Videotape. Explains the use and meaning of satellite water vapor imagery. This new weather forecasting tool is compared with the more familiar images seen daily on television weathercasts. Water vapor imagery of hurricane, summer thunderstorm complexes and winter storms (The Blizzard of '93) are shown. Length 15:40).
Available from AMS at
Weather Radar VHS Videotape - An introduction to the latest Doppler weather radar deployed by the U.S. National Weather Service. Discussion of its capability to detect precipitation and atmospheric motions. Examples of its capability to detect fronts, hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes and winter storms are shown. Length 10 min. (approx.).
Available from AMS at
Wind, Wet, Heat & Cold; 2 disc set with 4 titles: Teacher recommended: "It's a great set with very cool visualizations … condensation nuclei segment one of the best visuals I've seen; also planetary wind belts." $29


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