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Weather and Climate Observation

Be a Weather and Climate Watcher Be a Weather and Climate Watcher    This activity, provided by the Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC), provides guidelines for a weather observing activity where students are given the task of measuring and recording daily weather observations. Over time, this activity will allow students to gain a better understanding of their local climate, and how seasonal averages change through the duration of the activity.  (pdf)

Fun with Rainfall MeasurementsFun with Rainfall Measurements    This activity from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) and the Colorado State University Extension provides instructions for a fun activity that gives students the chance to take and record measurements using a rain gauge.

CoCoRaHS for SchoolsCoCoRaHS for Schools   Teachers and students are given the opportunity to become official CoCoRaHS observers, with the duty to record and report daily weather observations to CoCoRaHS where it will be stored in a large data base and possibly used in future scientific research.

ClimographsClimographs: Temperature, Precipitation, and Human Condition    This National Geographic educational activity gives students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to create and analyze climographs from different regions of the world.

Make a crystal snowflake!Make a Crystal Snowflake!    This activity from Science Kids gives students the opportunity to make a snowflake using borax and a few other easy to find household items.

How to make Precipitation Instruments at HomeHow-To Experiment Guide: How to Make Precipitation Instruments at Home
The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) provides instructions for a rain and snow measurement activity where students are given the opportunity to gather and record on site rainfall and snowfall measurements. Details on how to build a rain gauge and construct a snow board are provided.  (pdf)

Mt. Washington Distance LearningMount Washington Distance Learning    Students participating in this activity will partake in an "in classroom field trip", having the opportunity to interact with a real meteorologist working at the home of the world's worst weather, the Mount Washington Observatory on Mount Washington, New Hampshire. Weather observers will teach students about the duties of being a weather observer, and will answer questions about the extreme climate that they work and live in.

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