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…

Will it Snow?

Will it snow? The best way to find out is to look at the weather forecast charts (in the charts and data menu) at http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=nwdc;sess=and select ‘HGT 500-1000’ from the ‘select chart type’ menuIf the 528dam line is South of where you are, and there is a forecast of precipitation, then that precipitation is likely…

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…

Shipping Forecast

Guide to shipping forecasts This is a brief guide to the main terms used in the shipping forecasts that are broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and also as a reference to the main shipping areas (known as the coastal waters) surrounding the British Isles. Shipping bulletin Weather bulletins for shipping are broadcast daily on BBC Radio…

Weather Check

Checking the Weather Fig 1: Symbols of the weather.   The weather is being checked all day and all night by lots of different people and machines. Fig 2: Satellite floating over the earth. Weather stations There are over 200 weather stations around the country that collect information night and day. They measure many things…

Weather People

What do Weather People do? The Met Office was formed in 1854, with the aim of helping sailors know what was happening to the weather. Even before this time people kept weather diaries. Who uses weather data? The general public Millions of people watch or listen to the weather forecast every day, or look in…