HUGE UPDATE on 5/12/15 with other TYPES of Snowstorms! So cool for ALL AGES, even adults! Read description for all the details!
NO SCHOOL! SNOW DAY!!! When it comes to weather forecasting – this activity is like no other! The most fun atmospheric phenomena to forecast comes to life in this one of a kind experience – SNOWSTORMS!
This activity has been submitted to educational professions in the field of meteorology as well as on-air meteorologists for their feedback. All agree that this is a one of a kind. Although it looks colorful and designed for elementary and middle school learners, it is applicable to anyone who loves weather—even introductory college level meteorology students.
Cut and paste or Velcro and laminate for special education applications and alternative assessments.
This hands-on activity and lab experience is a comprehensive snowstorm tutorial with a strong emphasis on the complex nature of storm forecasting. This weather bonanza fits for any weather enthusiast who loves snow no matter where they live. This weather forecasting activity focuses on how to accurately predict snowstorms in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern sections of the United States. Often referred to as Nor’easters, students will classify these snowstorms as either Miller A or Miller B snowstorms-typically an undergraduate meteorology topic of study in sophomore or junior year.
Additionally, these storms will be explored with REAL CASE STUDIES, including the Blizzard of 2015 that just missed Philadelphia, dealt New York City a glancing blow, but buried Boston.
This is FULL OF COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS!
Some of the real data presented and content explored includes the following:
Case study of the Storm of the Century (March 1993 Blizzard)
Case study of the Blizzard of 1996
Case study of the December 2000 Millennium Storm
Case study of the Blizzard of 2015
Water Vapor Imagery
Surface Weather Maps
Visible Satellite Imagery
Snowstorm Evolution – Miller A Storms
Snowstorm Evolution – Miller B Storms
Students will also learn how to make a future weather forecast by analyzing a surface weather map and current weather conditions.
This works well for any level- including HONORS, but is GREAT for special education students or college prep learners that need an alternative assessment and may not be great at traditional labs.
UPDATE ADDED (read below):
Uncommon Snowstorms (2015)
Everyone’s MOST ANTICIPATED Forecast! SNOW!
Students DIVE DEEP into analyzing a particular snowstorm that occurred between March 4th and 7th, 2015. In this activity/lab students:
-Analyze temperature maps and place air masses, fronts, pressure systems, precipitation types. Make weather forecasts given surface weather maps complete with a variety of weather information like maximum temperature, minimum temperature, upper air winds, precipitation amounts, fronts, station models, air pressure, and pressure systems.
Students will create 4-day forecasts and a summary for the cities of:
Charlotte, North Carolina
Afterwards, students will use climatological data from the NCDC and NWS to create a colorful summary of what actual weather was and compare it to the forecasts made.
Pairs great with the nor’easter activity found on TPT at the link below:
Not all snowstorms are classified as Miller A’s or Miller B’s. Some snowstorms are uncommon and fall into the following categories:
Inverted Troughs (Norlun)
Tropical or Extra-Tropical Systems
A reference sheet is provided to assist students in building relationships between snow forecasting, low pressure locations, high pressure locations, ocean influence, mid-latitude cyclones, air masses, wind direction, warm fronts, and cold fronts.
Additionally, students incorporate United States geography, regions, states, and major cities.
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 weather, weather forecasting, and snowstorms. 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 great addition to your meteorology teaching library.
Within the classroom, this activity was consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 4th – 11th within multiple schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at educational and science workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”