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A one of a kind storm evaluation centered on the “NORTH CAROLINA SNOWSTORM 2004” making atmospheric connections between upper air weather maps and surface weather maps leading to weather forecasting competency.
This particular snowstorm required a unique set of atmospheric parameters that students will evaluate using the upper air map analysis. These upper air features dictated the surface processes and resultant weather.
Pairs great with Nor’easter and Snowstorm Map Analysis below:
AND the complete version of the activity above -- “Weather Forecasting Case Studies” found below:
This particular activity/lesson is LOADED with PROFESSIONAL images that real meteorologists use.
This multi-dimensional activity can be used across many levels as it allows the instructor to tailor the specific pedagogical strategy. For higher-level learners this lesson can be primarily a traditional activity. For students that need an alternative, this activity can be altered to be more of a “cut and paste” or “laminate and Velcro” activity. Therefore, a choice is given to both instructor and student(s).
-General description and map analysis overview of 500 millibar geopotential heights: polar vortex, upper level troughs, upper level lows, polar jet stream, upper level ridges, and subtropical highs
-Surface Map Analysis: February 26, 2004 (7am EST). Provided on the full version is the map of 12 hours later, February 26, 2004 (7pm EST) with additional lab questoins. Surface map analysis: interactive and selection based application to maps of sea level pressure, surface temperature, surface winds, and surface dewpoint temperature. Learners place pressure systems, fronts, wind directions, air masses, atmospheric moisture, storm track, airflow, wind circulation, and general weather symbols.
Map analysis followed by thorough prompt and knowledge check questions.
-Upper Air Map Analysis: February 26, 2004 (7am EST) and 12 hours later, February 26, 2004 (7pm EST). 500mb upper air map analysis: interactive and selection based application to maps of 500mb geopotential heights (upper air) incorporating key features such as—upper level ridges, subtropical highs, upper level lows, high pressure systems, low pressure systems, fronts, airflow and wind circulation.
Full version has thorough prompt and knowledge check questions.
Loaded with COLOR mages!
Fantastic for college prep, advanced, special education, and/or autistic-Asperger’s learners who need differentiated instruction or other non-traditional (direct instruction) pedagogical strategies.
Very special cut and paste, Smartboard, and/or Velcro and laminate activity that challenges many types of learners.
WIDE RANGE OF ABILITY LEVELS! 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 has been used on travelling science days with high marks and acclaim.
Can be infused so learners that need an alternative assessment or may struggle with standard activities/labs/assessments have such an engaging option.
This activity has been used in all levels: special education to advanced learners (even honors).
Perfect for homeschooling!
This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity that covers a ton of information about weather, weather forecasting, and storm evolution.
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 6th – 12th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
Sections have even been used in introductory meteorology courses at the university level.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, administrators, and curriculum field professionals.
Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.
Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.
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 an educational resource center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”