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Covering some 70 percent of Earth's surface, clouds play a key role in our planet's well-being. But how do they form, why are there so many types, and what clues can they give us about the weather and climate to come? Try your hand at classifying clouds and investigating the role they play in severe...
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For those who live on or near mountains, a change of climate can be just a short walk away. That's because mountains create their own microclimates: areas in which the climate differs from the prevailing climate. See how the movement of air creates different microclimates on a mountain
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On this site, you can visually see the difference between El Nino and La Nina by playing a short video animation.
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2014
Atmospheric scientist Karen Kosiba studies how tornadoes form and do damage. Getting measurements near the surface of these twisters is difficult, though, and driving into them is a practice mostly reserved for the big screen. In this TEDYouth Talk, Kosiba describes how she and her team use...
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Published in 2007
Do you live in an urban heat island? In this audio report from QUEST produced by KQED, learn how trees are cooling down urban areas. Discover what urban heat islands are and the effect they have on the atmosphere. Also, learn how homeowners and businesses can cool down their communities.
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2016
Lake Maracaibo is the stormiest place on the planet. Thunderstorms rage above this massive body of water for up to 200 days of the year, with each ear-splitting event lasting for several hours. But why? Graeme Anderson lists the factors that create Lake Maracaibo's seemingly everlasting storms.
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Published in 2016
This visualization, comprised of imagery from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT, NOAA and the JMA, shows an entire year of weather across the globe during 2015, with audio commentary from Mark Higgins, Training Manager at EUMETSAT. The visualization has been produced by EUMETSAT's data...
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By XKCD
This small infographic shows the thickness of see ice up against famous city skylines. Notice how much bigger the ice sheets are than the cities!
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Published in 2012
"""""Just Science"""" highlights the easy-to-understand video map of climate change recently released by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study. The app features a color-coded map of the world that displays how the Earth's land temperature has changes between 1800 and 2009. Monthly data...
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The global montage is created using satellite data, sea surface temperatures and observed land temperatures.
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Published in 2017
This lesson will help students understans the ocean's role in the context of unequal heating of Earth's surface by the Sun and how the ocean redistributes that energy around the planet. Students learn about the large-scale movement of the ocean's waters and the significance of the North Atlantic...
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Published in 2006
Students learn about jet streams and explore the effects of the polar-front jet stream on weather conditions in North America.
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Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science presents information that is deemed important for individuals and communities to know and understand about Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches to adaptation or mitigation. Principles in the guide can serve as...
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We feel the wind everyday. The air is almost always in motion. One day it may be from the north and the next day from the south. There are many sources for wind: mechanical sources such as fans and, in nature, falling rain as it drags air along. But what is the origin of wind on the earth? Using a...
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Demonstrate that AM radio signals can travel many 1000's of miles at night. The student will listen to as many radio stations as possible obtaining the call signs and places of origin during the evening (after sunset) hours.
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NCEI is the world's largest provider of weather and climate data. Land-based, marine, model, radar, weather balloon, satellite, and paleoclimatic are just a few of the types of datasets available. Detailed descriptions of the products available.
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Learn Science and Safety with the National Weather Service's Owlie Skywarn. NWS Education brings adventures and information to kids, teens, parents, and teachers. Owlie Skywarn puts you on the road to becoming a Young Meteorologist, all while sharing NWS Publications and Brochures on weather safety.
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The NOAA VisLab uses the imagery from NOAA's weather and climate satellites to produce animations that show the dynamic nature of Earth and its environment.
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National Geographic offers reference material to encourage your students to learn more about the Earth with encyclopedic entries. This entry is about seasons. Seasons are determined by the Earth's exposure to the sun.
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The Wundermap from Weather Underground (Wunderground) gives weather data in a GIS interface. Use different overlays like radar, fronts, satellite data, and webcam images over an area of your choosing.
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