The Meteorology and Forecasting module offers hands-on activities that illustrate how weather patterns are recognized
and forecasts are developed. Students gain fundamental knowledge about weather and meteorology, and learn about instruments
and computer-based tools that are used to predict the weather.
Introductory segments of this module provide general knowledge about weather, including the types of wind and how storms
develop and travel. Students learn about meteorology and how satellites, weather maps, barometers, and other devices are used
to predict weather. The module also demonstrates the connection between weather and recycling of the earth’s water.
Students enhance their knowledge and develop technical skills through use of authentic weather-forecasting equipment. They
operate a ground-based weather station to collect information from satellites and regional stations. With their understanding
of this data, as well as information from weather maps, they develop local and national weather forecasts. These learning
experiences could generate a strong interest in weather-related careers, which also are presented during this module.
A similar module, Satellite Communications (40024), may be used to complement this module.
Types of satellites used in weather forecasting
Types of wind
How storms develop and travel
Severe weather events
The role of weather in recycling the earth’s water