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Without looking out the window, do you know what the weather is like right now? By not paying more attention to the weather, we not only miss many of the interesting things that go on in the atmosphere; we also might miss the fact that the weather is not random. There are patterns to the weather, and we can use those patterns to make short-term weather forecasts. In this activity, students observe and record data about local and national weather for two weeks and then use this data to identify patterns in the weather that can be used to predict future weather at their location. This sample chapter also includes the Table of Contents, Introduction, Safety in the Classroom Practices, Standards Organizational Matrix, Activities at a Glance Matrix, and Index.