Wild Weather Notebooking Page

Storms and other damaging types of weather happen everywhere on Earth.  For this lesson, learn about six types of “wild weather” then create a notebooking page about these six damaging forms of weather. Here is some basic information and further resources to learn more about these weather types. Hurricanes Hurricanes are begun with thunderstorms at sea over warm ocean water.  A rising column of warm air thrusts up through the storm.  As the air rises faster the winds around the outside of the column begin to swirl around this center.  The storm gains energy from the heat being transferred from the ocean as it moves toward land.  Once the winds reach speeds of at least 74 mph and can be as high as 195 mph.  Though hurricane winds are strong enough to hurl objects through the air and tear roofs off buildings the greatest damage usually comes because of flooding … click to read more

Homemade Barometer

I love studying weather with my kids because it’s such an observable science.  It’s something that affects us every day.  Kids can easily watch it, record results, and learn about how it works without complicated equipment or an expensive lab.  They can see meteorologists at work every day just by turning on the news. My husband is a pilot; weather affects him every day.  He loves seeing a patch of fog and asking our kids what kind it is.  He’ll casually say, “Hmm, what kind of pressure are we experiencing today?”  Or he’ll tell about the latest weather patterns he experienced above the clouds.  I always tell him if he ever tires of flying he should be a weatherman.  (Tee hee!  While I was writing this post I received a text from him about the wind shear in Denver!) Want to make your own weather station so you can do … click to read more

Wind Detector

Wind speed is measured with anemometers, which spin in the wind. Wind speed can also be measured with the naked eye, a little less accurately, but completely satisfactorily for most of us with this wind detector. To make a wind detector Mark the points of the compass on a paper plate with heavy ink. Write N, S, E, and W on each of the four main marks. From each point staple a crepe paper or wide ribbon streamer about a foot and a half long so that it hangs down from the rim of the plate. On the face of the plate write these Beaufort wind speed determiners: 0 = calm /smoke drifts straight up 1 = moving air / wind speed 1.8 mph / barely felt air movement. 2 = light breeze / wind speed 5.6 mph / leaves rustle 3 = medium breeze/ wind speed 9.3 mph / … click to read more

Climate

Climate refers to all the factors that make up the weather of a particular place on earth. It includes, rain fall, temperature, wind, storms, and seasonal changes.  There are four major climates on earth: Arctic, temperate, tropical, and desert. There are also many many different sub-sets of these major climate types. On a Climate Zones Map color in the major bands of climate and label them. Discuss what the climate is like where you live. How much rainfall do you get on average? and how much did you get in the past year? Was it above, below, or right on the average? What are the high temperatures in winter and summer where you live? The low temperatures in winter and summer? Do you have a four season climate or not? What do people call the seasons where you are? When we lived in Hawaii, a wet, tropical climate, we experienced two … click to read more