Weather Forecasting

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)
Summary:Every satellite image tells a story. And satellite images are everywhere, on the Internet, the evening news, and even in some newspapers. The ability to interpret weather information from satellite images enables people to make informed decisions about their day. By looking at a series of images and some additional information such as wind speeds and directions or pressure patterns, meteorologists can quickly develop a general forecast for what direction the storm is heading and whether it might grow stronger or dissipate. After working through this module, you will too. By learning a few basic weather rules, anyone can use satellite images to predict the weather for their location for the upcoming afternoon or the next day.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 4
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS2-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
Subjects: atmosphere; maps; severe weather; weather; weather hazards
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