Division: B – Middle School
NC Essential Standards Alignment: 7.E.1
Event Rules: See National Rules Manual
National Event Page: Here
Participants will use scientific process skills involving qualitative and quantitative analyses to demonstrate an understanding of the factors that contribute to, cause and influence Severe Weather and Storms.
Each team may bring one three ring binder of any size containing information in any form from any source attached using the available rings. Sheet protectors, lamination, tabs and labels are permitted. Each team may bring two stand alone calculators of any time. Materials may not be removed from the binder when rotating through stations.
High score wins. Points are awarded for the quality and accuracy of responses.
Will students be expected to read graphs?
Yes! Graphs should be in every Sci Oly event.
For example: we could include a graph with days on the x-axis, and air temperature on the y-axis. The graph would show a sharp decrease in air temperature on one of the days (cold front). Then we might ask:
- On what day did the air temperature change the most?
- Did the air temperature increase or decrease?
- What type of front went through the area on Day X, when the air temperature changed the most, a warm front or a cold front?
- What type of weather most likely happened on Day X, when the air temperature changed the most? (choices: cloudy, with some rain, OR sunny and clear skies, with no rain)
Where can I find charts that show recent weather conditions with time, like how pressure is changing with time, at a weather station near my school?
For the past few days of weather, one interactive web site that might help is https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/map/?&zoom=5&scroll_zoom=false¢er=40,-97&boundaries=false,false,false,false,false,false,false,false,false&tab=observation&hazard=true&hazard_type=all&hazard_opacity=70&obs=true&obs_type=weather&elements=temp,wind,gust&temp_filter=-80,130&gust_filter=0,150&rh_filter=0,100&elev_filter=-300,14000&precip_filter=0.01,18&obs_popup=true&obs_density=60&obs_provider=ALL. To see a site’s data, click on a site on the map. Zoom in to see more sites pop up. Doesn’t look like pressure is included on the default graphs on the web page. However, the pressure data are there in a table. A teacher could copy the pressure data even into MS Excel from the web page and make a graph for students to read.
The American Meteorological Society has a web page with meteograms (but not a lot of cities): https://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/dstreme/metgram.html.
I found a few other sites with meteograms but I haven’t dug into them too much. The following web sites may be helpful: https://www.eol.ucar.edu/content/forecast-model-links,
“Mesonets” are surface-based weather observation networks. They have lots and lots of stations and are considered “high resolution”. The Oklahoma Mesonet is one of the oldest ones – they’re a gold standard. They have meteograms – http://www.mesonet.org/index.php/weather/meteogram/. So does a Mesonet program from New York State – e.g., http://www.nysmesonet.org/weather/meteogram#network=nysm&stid=olea
What is a haboob?
– http://www.atmo.arizona.edu/images/news/Aish_Article.pdf (more technical, but some good graphics in the 2nd half of document)
NOAA’s Education twitter feed – https://twitter.com/noaaeducation
American Meteorological Society Education program twitter feed – https://twitter.com/
Archived storm reports from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center: https://www.spc.noaa.
Archived weather maps that were the day’s forecast, from NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center: https://www.wpc.ncep.
Archived watches from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center: https://www.spc.noaa.
Severe Weather & Storms:
Weather Wiz Kids – Tornados, Hurricanes, Rain and Floods, Safety, and many activities.
Hurricane Sandy – a summary
Arizona Haboob of 2012
NOAA Weather Safety
Severe Storms Study Guide
NASA – Meteorology Educator’s Guide
Tropical Tidbits – great blog explaining current weather phenomena
American Meteorological Society – lots of good info and links
NOAA – Climate
NOAA – Ten Climate Science Activities
Earth Climate Course
Earth Climate System – good notes
NOAA – Climate Education
NOAA – Climate
NASA Precipitation Education page, lots of good activities, scroll towards the bottom for a water cycle dice game