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In this article, Mount Washington Observatory meteorologist Tim Markle shares the ins and outs of his daily weather-observing routine and offers insights on making weather observations at home or at school.
This article goes along with a poster produced by the Mount Washington Weather Station meteorologists. The daily activities of the scientist include using a sling psychrometer to measure the temperature in the shade, observing clouds types and levels, visibility, wind direction and strength, and barometric pressure. These activities are then translated to ones that students can do at their school with simple equipment. This is an interesting article about how students can learn from a working scientist in the field and apply these same techniques to their world.
Adah (San Antonio, TX)
The meteorologists at Mt Washington seem to be having so much fun, I found myself looking on the map to see if I could go there this summer to see what they love so much. The author describes their actions, the reasons behind them, and the science behind it all. I feel empowered to take these descriptions as instructions, letting my students observe the weather themselves, and I know they’ll be just as excited. A SciLinks code and two web references are given, which are helpful, but the text refers often to a poster in the original journal, and I wish I had access to that. Still, I was very pleased to have found this article.
This article gave some get insight into how to get kids engaged in weather observation. I am currently working a Two Week Unit on Weather and am really trying to get them immersed in the topic. The idea of the act of taking a notebook outside with to record everything they see and feel about the weather is a great idea and can tons of activities to bunch off of.
Megan (Clarksville, MD)
This article details the equipment and processes that are used to collect weather data at the Mount Washington Observatory. This would be a great article to share with upper elementary students as well to detail how weather is collected. It also gives tips on how to do the same type of weather collections in your school environment.
Kate Geer (Louisville, CO)
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