We check it in the morning or before we go to bed on our smartphones, TV, or internet. It’s important to us when we have an outdoor activity scheduled. It can be a buzzkill or a mood maker. But how do meteorologists predict the weather? And maybe more importantly—why are they sometimes wrong? Predicting weather is a complicated process of analysis and experience.
Meteorologists use several tools to help them make the best predictions and weather forecasts. Doppler radar, satellites, and weather planes give meteorologists vital data to analyze and predict the weather for tomorrow, the weekend, and even next week. But have you ever noticed that the forecast made at the beginning of the week for the weekend can be vastly different from the actual weather? Weather models can give meteorologists a picture of what could happen, but there are many factors that can change the weather forecast.
You will investigate a smaller version of how meteorologists use data to predict the weather, take a stab at predicting weather yourself, and then analyze why meteorologists can be wrong in their forecasts and the impacts of these misanalyses of data.
ALSO INCLUDES ANALYSIS OF WHY METEOROLOGISTS ARE WRONG!!
For additional maps and articles, I use a recent national or regional weather map for students to predict the weather for upcoming days (they check this for the next few days). I also use current weather articles from ScienceDaily.com For more information or clarification, email firstname.lastname@example.org!