Top 10 ideas for teaching the weather

Make a cloud in a bottle – use it to remind students about the water cycle, the fact that pressure is related to temperature, that the air has to cool for water droplets to form and that the energy released by water droplets forming is the energy source for developing storms. You can find some…

Water Cycle in a Bowl

Water cycle in a bowl Our rain originally came from oceans, seas and lakes. It became clouds and eventually fell on us as rain. What you will need: A large bowl A small yogurt pot or plastic cup Clingfilm Water Small weight or a few coins Sunny window sill What to do: Take the large…

Synoptic

Synoptic weather charts The figure below shows the synoptic pressure chart at midnight on Wednesday, 17 May. 1. Name the pressure feature running from the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) south to the Adriatic Sea. 2. What is the name of the pressure feature extending south from Iceland into Scotland, Wales and England? 3….

Isotherms

Isotherms The figure below is a map of isotherms, showing the average mean temperatures for January over the UK, based on average values for 1961–90. 1. Explain the reasons why Newquay is warmer than Ayr in January. 2. With reference to the Environmental Lapse Rate, outline why temperatures at Okehampton are lower than at Newquay….

Competitions

Can you predict when it is going to rain where you are? Using the Met Office rainfall radar, see who can predict when, to the nearest 10 minutes, it is next going to start raining. This will be more relevant on some days than on others! Make a forecast for the coming weekend We have…

Help and Hints for Observing

 Introduction Wind forceWind directionCurrent temperatureMaximum and minimum temperatureRainfallRelative humidityBarometric pressureCloud amount and typeAutomatic weather stations and electronic instrumentsConverting meteorological units Introduction With a bit of care and a few precautions, weather observations can be made quite accurately at school or home. This page contains guidance and advice on how observations should be made.  However simple…

Balloon Launch

How to Launch a School Weather Balloon In May 2013 we sent a weather balloon into the stratosphere, carrying a digital camera and GPS tracker so that the camera could be retrieved when the balloon came back down to Earth. We got some amazing images of the Earth and its atmosphere.    Here are some…