Storm Forecasting is a 2-part lesson which is last in a series of 14 lessons on weather and climate. In the first part of the lesson, students track a tropical storm as it develops in the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean using real-time data from the Internet. The hurricane season runs June 1-November 30, so this activity must be scheduled during this time. This activity should take 5-10 minutes per day. Students will look for connections between storm severity, air pressure and wind speed. In the second part of the lesson, students record the path of high and low pressure systems in their region as they are forming and make predictions regarding future weather patterns. Students make connections between air pressure, temperature, humidity (precipitation), the role of the Jet Stream and weather patterns across the US using data from the National Hurricane Center.
Please note that some of the links are outdated so teachers should prepare for the lesson by determining which links are the most useful.