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This is a one of a kind tutorial and lab evaluation on Hurricane Sandy that you will find nowhere else. There are professional meteorological applications related to sophisticated map analysis that is also very student friendly.
Acclaimed by the meteorologists and educators at the National Weather Service education outreach department.
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Content, activities, and case studies are presented in a variety of ways. This pedagogical strategy makes this tutorial applicable to many ability levels.
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-Storm category differentiation: depression, storm, hurricane, and major hurricane.
Comprehensive case study of the infamous Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Relevant background information provided leading to an analysis of the atmospheric factors that caused such a unique storm. Hurricane Sandy tracked northeast then re-curved to the west. A once in a 700-year storm! Students will evaluate many concrete and abstract meteorological variables before, during, and after the storm. Topics and concepts covered include: jet streams, blocking high pressure systems, steering patterns, NAO, and 500 millibar upper air map analysis. There is also ample satellite analysis, spaghetti plot review, computer model evaluation, infrared analysis, air pressure application, wind speed and wind direction analysis, isobar relationships, storm surge differences, storm core maps, eye wall maps, landfall details, precipitation zones, high elevation snow forecasting, beach erosion differences, 5 day forecasting, weather map analysis, station model correlation, and property damage and power outage patterns. This case study is absolutely LOADED with real images, maps, and actual professional teaching tools used in undergraduate meteorology classes but delivered in a unique matter.
This works well for any level but is GREAT for special education students or college prep learners that need an alternative assessment and may not be great at traditional labs.
Also, perfect for homeschooling!
WIDE RANGE OF ABILITY LEVELS! The application to a diverse body of learners, whether it be age or ability level, is predicated on the fact that the instructor determines the difficulty level of the whole activity or part of the activity based on what information is given and what information is not as well as how verbal questions are presented to the student(s).
This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity that covers a ton of information about hurricanes and meteorology in general. This has been used as a pre-class, lab/activity, study guide, review, and assessment. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.
A guaranteed hit all around!
A great addition to your meteorology teaching library.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 5th – 10th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, and administrators.
Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.
Even used by teachers in New York State as a preparation for the Earth Science Grade 9 Regents Exam.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”