This five-minute movie on global circulation created by the Community Climate System Model and the National Center for Atmospheric Research shows global atmospheric circulation based on hourly data for one calendar year. Cloud cover and precipitation are shown as they move through Earth's atmosphere. Students can track weather patterns, such as winter storms in North America, the monsoon season in Asia, afternoon showers in the Amazon basin, and hurricane formation and decay.
This resource can be used either as a phenomena to engage students at the beginning of a lesson or as a formative assessment of student understanding.
It could stimulate the following driving questions:
What patterns do you see near the equator?
What patterns do you see above 30 degrees north or below 30 degrees south of the equator? How are they related?
How do patterns differ over land compared to water?
What events do you see occuring in your area based on the seasons?