Web Resources For The Classroom – Web Link 2: Weather & Climate

Back in April of this year I wrote the first in a series of blogs drawing together useful web sites for the geography classroom. The first topic area was ‘Population’, and the link is below:

https://devongeography.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/web-resources-for-the-classroom-weblinks-1-population-2/

A couple of extra ‘Population’ Sites were later added in October. I am now able to continue the series of ‘Web Links’, and this blog entry contains web resources for the topic of:

‘Weather and Climate’

https://www.wunderground.com

Stay informed about weather events via e-mail or mobile ‘phone for up to ten locations across the world. This site is stacked with various satellite images and maps.

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www.metoffice.gov.uk

Contains the latest forecasts , flood and air pollution warnings, learning resources, detailed weather and climate sections, climate change, and weather recording advice.

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www.stopdisastersgame.org

This site is produced by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. Five scenarios can be played at easy, medium, or hard levels – each taking between 10 and 20 minutes to complete. It allows students to learn about the risks posed by natural hazards, and how to manage resources in order to protect the local population.

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www.weatheronline.co.uk

This site is rich with forecasts and weather maps for the UK and Europe, as well as the rest of the world. Climate data and graphs are included for over 5,000 stations worldwide. There are also satellite maps and web cams to explore.

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www.bbc.co.uk/weather

Contains great forecasts along with many other weather features.

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www.cloudappreciationsociety.org

All things clouds!! Includes an excellent gallery, along with links to art, poetry, music and video.

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Photo: @Christine

www.raintoday.co.uk

(Also to be found as an IOS app). Excellent for tracking rain on a UK radar map.

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www.metlink.org

This is the education web site of the Royal Meteorological Society. It specializes in materials for teaching weather and climate topics, including lesson plans and a variety of classroom resources. Add ‘/extreme-weather’ to the URL for a particularly useful section on tropical storms etc.

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https://earth.nullschool.net

Excellent visualization of global wind conditions forecasted by super-computers and updated every three hours.

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Here is a useful article describing some ways to use this site in the classroom:

https://www.internetgeography.net/10-reasons-you-need-earth-nullschool-in-your-classroom/

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www.ventusky.com

Another excellent visualization of current weather conditions. Includes temperatures, rainfall, wind speeds, thunderstorms etc.

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www.windy.com

(Also an IOS app). Displays weather radar wind and waves forecasts for the UK. Also good for thunder and lightning.

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www.lightningmaps.org

Real-time lightning strikes across the planet.

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http://en.blitzortung.org

Real-time lightning maps and thunderstorm tracking across the world.

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www.weatherwizkids.com

Designed by meteorologist Crystal Wicker especially for children. Covers all aspects of weather and natural hazards. Includes a number of practical experiment suggestions.

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www.weatherspark.com

Contains detailed weather data for stations all over the world. Has some excellent maps, and also a ‘compare tool’ and useful ‘show random place’ tool.

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www.youtube.com/liamduttonexplains

You Tube page for Meteorologist Liam Dutton. Full of short 1-2 minute clips explaining all aspects of weather and climate.

www.fema.gov

Site of the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency. Excellent for American hurricanes, dealing with disasters, and flooding.

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https://.scijinks.gov

Site of the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Contains loads of information about weather, hurricanes, tides, seasons etc.

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https://scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov/hurricane-hero/

Game that allows students to predict where a hurricane will make landfall.

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Addition sites to examine:

www.metcheck.com – For forecasts both UK and global.

www.accuweather.com – (Also an excellent IOS app). Hourly weather forecasts for selected UK locations.

www.weathernetwork.com – Good for UK forecasts and storm alerts.

www.weather.com – Good for forecasts and various articles on weather and climate.

www.netweather.tv – For UK and worldwide forecasts, along with various articles about weather and climate.

www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu – US drought maps.

 

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In addition, here are a few apps that I have found helpful:

ACCUWEATHER – hourly weather report for a station of your choice.

STORM RADAR – Track storms, real-time alerts.

METOFFICE – Official site of the UK Met Office

YOWINDOW – Background picture changes to reflect the current weather conditions.

WEATHERCUBE – Set up a cuboid record of a station of your choice.

3D EARTH MEGA WEATHER – Combines weather forecasts with a view from space.

HURRICANE TRACK – Follow the journeys of hurricanes as they happen.

TWITTER

clipart-twitter-logo-23.jpgTwitter users may want to follow these:

@bbcweather, @weatherchannel, @LucyWeather (Lucy Verasamy), @weather, @metoffice, @metofficeUK (warnings), @metofficestorms, @metofficenews, @hurricanes, @myfoxhurricanes, @Hurricaneglobe, @HurricaneAlerts

Look out for the next compilation which will cover another web sites  theme. Ultimately, intend to put them all the blogs together into an e-book for teachers to use. All new suggestions gratefully accepted!

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About devongeography

Head of Geography and Assistant Vice Principal at South Molton Community College, North Devon. Exeter Chiefs supporter!
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