Meteorology and Weather Mapping

Mapping the Weather

Today students became meteorologists and learned what a career in front of the weather map on the news station is really like. After a brief review of the science behind meteorology, students had an opportunity to crack the secret code of weathermen as they converted weather conditions around the country into weather plot symbols for the class weather map. They then analyzed their data and were able to identify areas of high and low pressure, as well as warm and cold fronts, and made predictions about regional weather across the United States. Don’t be surprised if they take more interest in watching the daily weather forecast tonight!


Mapeando el Tiempo

Hoy, los estudiantes se convirtieron en meteorólogos y aprendieron sobre cómo sería trabajar frente del mapa del tiempo en los noticieros de la TV. Después de una breve revisión sobre la ciencia de la meteorología, los estudiantes tuvieron la oportunidad de descifrar los códigos secretos de los “hombres del tiempo”. Los estudiantes lograron convertir los distintos códigos de las diversas condiciones climáticas alrededor del país, para luego graficar los símbolos en el mapa del tiempo de la clase. A continuación, los estudiantes analizaron los datos y fueron capaces de identificar las áreas de alta y baja presión, así como también los frentes de frio y calor y realizaron predicciones sobre el tiempo en las distintas regiones de los Estados Unidos. ¡No se sorprenda si ahora su hijo o hija está más interesado en mirar el pronóstico del tiempo hoy en la noche!


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Leighann Sullivan earned her BS in Biology from Cornell University. For a number of years she taught math, science, and language skills at a secondary school for learning disabled students. She subsequently earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University. Her dissertation was entitled, “Molecular and Genomic Analyses in Clostridium acetobutylicum.” When not pursuing academic interests she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and experimenting in the culinary arts.

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