Weather Forecasting at SMS!

A.  Weather and Climate
- Read the "Weather and Climate" article.
- Compare the next two maps shown below.

The map below shows elevations in the United States.  Click CTR + to zoom in so you can see more closely.  CTR - will allow you to zoom out.  In this map, brown and white are higher elevations, while yellow and green are lower elevations.
USA topo en.jpg

The map below shows average temperatures in the United States.  Click CTR + to zoom in so you can see the key more closely.  CTR - will allow you to zoom out.  
PRISM 30-year normal temperature climatology. Credit: http://www.prism.oregonstate.edu/normals/; retrieved 12 Feb 2014.

- Answer questions #1 and #2 in Section A of your packet.

- Click on the "USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map".  Click on Michigan on the map.
- Answer questions #3-5 in Section A of your packet.

B. Isobars
- Click on the "Project Isobars" site.
- Answer question #1 in Section B of your packet.
- Click here.  Answer question #2 in Section B of your packet.

C.  Current Atmospheric Pressure at Sea Level
- Click on the "Weather Graphics" site. 
- Scroll to and click on the "Sea Level Pressure – Isobars" map.
- Answer question #1 in Section C.
- Click on the "Sea Level Pressure - IR Satellite" map.
- Answer questions #2-4 of Section C. 

D. Rainfall
- Click on the "Daily Weather Map – Rainfall" site.
- Scroll towards the bottom of the page and click on the "24-hr Precipitation Totals- Day 1" map.
- Click on the "Regional Fronts" link.
- Compare the 2 maps, looking for relationships between air pressure and precipitation.
- Answer questions #1-2 in Section D of your packet.

E. Satellite Cloud Picture
- Click on the "Regional Fronts" Link to identify where the high and low pressure areas are in the U.S.
- Answer Question 1.
- Click on the "Satellite Images" site.
- Compare the 2 maps, looking for relationships between air pressure and cloud coverage.
- Answer the questions in Section E of your packet.

F.  Jet Streams
- Watch the "Jet Streams Video"
- Click on and read about "Jet Streams."
- Answer the questions in Section F of your packet.

G.  Predicting the Weather
- Click on this AccuWeather Blog.  Scroll down until you see a map that looks like the map below.  This map shows the jet stream.  The blog updates the map so you CANNOT use the map below.  You need to use the link and see where the jet stream is today.  As you may recall, the jet stream moves throughout the year.
- Compare the two maps, looking for relationships between weather front movement and jet stream movement.
- Answer Question #1 in Section G of your packet.
- Keep the "Current Surface Weather Map" open in one tab and click on the "Satellite Images" site so that it opens in another tab.
- Toggle back and forth between the maps.
- Answer Question #2 in Section G of your packet.