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What Is a Barometer and How Does it Work?
How do barometers work? Measuring the amount of air pressure in your area is explained in this article. How to measure atmospheric pressure is one step to weather prediction and forecasts in your local area. Now you can determine if a high or low pressure system is approaching your area and maybe even build your own barometer!
What Are the Types of Air Masses?
Air masses are one of the key components to understanding weather. There are several different types of air masses in general, but each individual air mass will have its own unique temperature and moisture properties.
What Does a Meteorologist Do?
What Is a Meteorologist? This basic but popular question is often asked. Here, I explain the steps needed to become a meteorologist, several types of meteorologists, and ways to become a weather forecaster.
Here's What You Need to Know to Survive a...
Blizzards - How to survive a blizzard or snow storm may be a skill you would not expect to need in your lifetime, but there are hundreds of deaths every year as a result of getting stuck in the cold. Imagine being snowed into your house or being stranded in a car during a blizzard. Would you know how to survive? Here, this advice could save you life!
What Does 'Chance of Rain' Really Mean?
A chance of rain or probability of precipitation is an often misunderstood calculation in weather forecasts.
What Is a Monsoon?
Monsoons are a seasonal occurrence that can cause flash floods, deaths, and crop failures. They are caused in part by shifts in wind direction.
How to Read a Weather Map and Understand the...
Radar echo intensity will show the amount of precipitation in an area using a series of colors to indicate greater rain, snow, or hail.
Layers of the Atmosphere: The Structure and...
Atmosphere is the gaseous envelope surrounding the earth. A look at the layers:Troposphere,Stratosphere, Mesophere,Thermosphere,Ionosphere.
What Caused the Dust Bowl of the 1930s?
The Dust Bowl was a weather disaster that is almost unparalleled in the United States in terms of drought. NASA scientists think they have found out why the great Dust Bowl of the 1930's had such a devastating effect. Learn the details of what caused this drought and the storms that devastated the economy.
Preventing, Predicting, and Preparing for...
Droughts are common in many parts of the world. Droughts are caused by low precipitation over an extended period of time and can make an area so arid that crops fail and famines are common.
The 7 Types of Weather Found in a High Pressure...
There are 7 types of weather in a high pressure system. High pressure zones, or anticyclones, on a weather map usually indicate calm and dry weather and winds that spiral away from the high pressure zone.
What Is a Land Breeze?
Land Breeze. Weather.
Tornadoes - How Tornadoes Form
The types of tornadoes that can form are related to both their source region and the location where they make landfall. In addition, although most tornadoes occur as a result of supercell thunderstorm development, many do not. Page 4.
What Does Evaporation Mean for Weather?
Evaporation definition. Weather.
What Is a Hygrometer and How Does It Work?
How Does a Hygrometer Work? Find a detailed explanation and photos of the inner workings of this simple weather instrument used to measure humidity.
What Does 'Ambient Temperature' Really Mean?
Ambient temperature is defined in the weather glossary.
Convectional Rainfall
Teachers looking for weather lesson plans will love this science experiment on air pressure. The original lesson is exciting and hands-on allowing for development of the science process skills.
The Fujita Scale
How tornadoes form is a common question that has not fully been answered by the scientific community as of yet.
Introduction to Tornadoes - A Weather Guide...
Tornadoes have occurred in all 50 states. You may not be safe. Know the danger signs of tornado formation and where tornadoes are most likely to occur. Learning the violenbt nature of tornadoes are critical to preventing damages to your life and home. Page 2.
Here's How to Prove Air Has Mass
Air has mass, but this idea is difficult for younger students to understand. To many students, air simply exists as a weightless substance. Proving air has mass can be a wonderful weather lesson plan and classroom science demonstration for school or as the basis of a science fair project.
Why Is Snow White?
Why is snow white? The color of snow is white, but sometimes not. While this question may seem simple, you may be surprised at the answer.
The Top 10 Deadliest US Tornadoes
The top 10 deadliest US tornadoes created a staggering death toll. The number of lives lost was tragic, as was the damage caused. Tornado damage happens quickly and often without warning causing damage much worse than it would have been with more warning. This is especially true in tornado alley. Pictures of tornadoes show the devastation that can be caused by them based on wind speed (as measured by the Fujita scale) and population of the area where the tornado touched down.
How Does Hail Form?
What causes hailstones to form during a severe weather event? These tiny ice balls can cause damages to cars and property and have even been known to kill. So how do golf ball sized hailstones form in the atmosphere? Find out here!
9 Types of Snow Storms
The nine main types of winter precipitation are listed and explained including outside educational links for families to create winter safety and emergency kits. Compare the types of snow storms that could hit your area. Snow flurries, snow showers, winter squalls, and blizzards are discussed as the ingredients for winter precipitation are explained in detail. Keeping yourself and your family safe during the winter months is crucial as winter storm warnings are addressed.
Weather Map Symbols
Weather Map Symbols - Understanding Weather Maps
Learning to Read a Barometer
Lesson plans for teachers on weather instruments are available here. In this lesson, students will be able to read a barometer and interpret the readings. Students will also understand that pressure changes can be related to daily weather changes and forecasting.
10 Famous Meteorologists
Famous meteorologists encompass more people than you see on your local news stations or The Weather Channel. Meteorologists work behind the scenes, too, and many of them work in other countries where they are famous for various forecasts or discoveries but are not household names in the United States. Whether you call them meteorologists or weather people, these famous individuals provide a lot of insight into what the day will hold.
What Are Isobars?
Isobar is defined in the weather glossary. Full definitions include photos and links to key weather articles on the topic. Explore the latest weather news as you browse the meteorology terms organized alphabetically with synonyms, misuses, and pronunciations.
Global Warming Vs. Climate Change
Global Warming Vs. Climate Change - What is the difference?
Is There Really a Difference Between Hurricanes...
The difference between hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones is easy! When hurricane Flossie hit Hawaii, many people wondered why this storm was not called a typhoon. Now, you can get the complete answer here as well as the names of all the future storms in the Atlantic and Pacific.
How Do Clouds Form?
Find the answer to all your weather science questions. Many answers include demonstrations, videos, and photos to help you understand cloud formation.
Torrential Rain
Torrential rain definition in the weather glossary at About.com.
Nor'easter - What Is a Noreaster?
Noreaster storms are a winter weather condition commonly associated with the Northeastern United States. These blizzard like conditions cause power outages, deep snow, icy road conditions and more.
Tropical Air
Tropical air is a weather term used to describe air formed in regions where the temperature is warm, such as the equator.
Why Doesn't Freezing Rain Turn Into Snow?
Freezing rain is a winter precipitation type that can be deadly. Learn what causes freezing rain, how freezing rain forms, and the differences between freezing rain and sleet or snow formation.
The Jet Stream
A narrow band of air that moves around the earth at relatively high speeds. Speeds in a jet can reach close to 200 miles per hour
Here's When You'll See Your Coldest Day This...
Curious to know when the coldest part of winter typically is where you live? Expect it around these specific dates...
Chionophobia
Chionophobia - Weather phobia
What is a Low Pressure Area?
The basics of low pressure areas are discussed, including their importance in producing storms.
Altocumulus Cloud - Weather Definition
Altocumulus cloud definition and photo including related weather terms in a full indexed weather photo glossary.
How Does a Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge Work?
How do tipping bucket rain gauges work> Measuring the amount of rainfall or precipitation in your area is explained in this article. How to measure rain in your area is one step to weather prediction and forecasts in your local area. Whether you are a homeowner, farmer, worker, scientific researcher or just curious, you will find a detailed explanation of tipping bucket rain gauges here.
Weather and Climate. PB&J. You Can't Have...
Apparently time isn't just money...it's also what separates weather from climate.
Zulu Time
Coordinated Universal Time or Zulu Time is the worldwide time reporting method preferred by the National Weather Service and represents an addition or subtraction in numbers from the Prime Meridian Longitude Time of zero to determine the local time.
Weather Vanes: A Brief History
Weather vanes have been used since at least the first century B.C. These primitive but easy to use weather instruments are the subject of both collectible history and weather history.
How Are Tropical Cyclones in the Philippines...
Tropical depression names in the Philippines use an alternative storm naming convention.
Weather Symbols Summary
Summary of meteorological weather symbols used for weather station reporting. Page 9.
Weather Games and Simulations
Find fun and educational weather games that use a particular topic such as tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes, or precipitation to teach about weather and meteorology.
Condensation & Evaporation
What are condensation and evaporation, and how do they shape our weather?
Cold Fronts Approaching
Cold air that pushes in on a warm air mass will cause an uplift of air sometimes producing severe weather conditions. Page 3.
What are the warning signs of an approaching...
An hour-by-hour description of weather conditions leading up to a (Category 2) hurricane strike.
Warm Fronts
Weather maps use various symbols to indicate weather systems. Here, you can see the symbol used for a warm front. Page 5.
Beaufort Wind Scale
The intensity of wind is commonly measured using the Beaufort Wind Intensity Scale. Page 10.
What is Graupel and How Is It Different from...
Graupel is a type of precipitation often referred to as snow pellets or soft hail.
What Is Smog?
The formation of smog is hazardous to your health especially if you live in a big sunny city. One of the main components of photochemical smog is ozone. When ozone is formed high in the atmosphere, it filters out UV radiation from the sun. But when ozone is formed from the burning of fossil fuels in the lower atmosphere, it is called ground level ozone and is dangerous to breathe. Find out now how smog is formed and how you can protect yourself.
Maritime Air Mass
Maritime Air Mass. Weather.
Stability
Stability definition. Weather.
Weather Station Symbols
Using a weather station reporting model, you will understand the ways meteorologists reprt weather data across the country. Page 4.
What Is La Nina?
La Nina is explained as an atmospheric interaction between the ocean and the air. Climate is controlled regionally and worldwide by the ENSO, El Nino, and La Nina.
5 Tips for Staying Warm When Outdoors This Winter
Don't pass on outdoor activities simply because the weather has turned wintery. Follow these tips to stay toasty even on the most blustery of days.
The Winter Quiz
The Winter Quiz From Rachelle Oblack ,Your Guide to Weather .FREE Newsletter. Sign Up Now! How Much Do
Continental Air Mass
Continental Air Mass. Weather.
The Coriolis Effect
Understanding the Coriolis Effect is not easy for many people. Why do the winds blow? What direction does wind blow in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres? These question are answered easily with a series of videos and computer simulations as well as a comprehensive list of Coriolis Effect lesson plans and curriculum materials.
Stationary Fronts
Stationary fronts are shown in this guide to weather map symbols. Page 6.
What Is Surface Water Runoff?
Surface water runoff is a part of the water cycle and a major factor in the reasons some areas have intense flooding. Surface water runoff can cause both flash floods and slow-onset floods.
How to Become a Meteorologist - About.com Weather
Advice on how to get the right education that'll prepare you for a successful career in weather.
What Is a Tropical Cyclone?
Tropical cyclones are one of the greatest meteorology hazards in the world. Next to flooding, the development of a tropical cyclone in any ocean can create a panic among the masses. Find the definition and information on naming tropical cyclones here.
Continental Air
Continental Air definition and photo including related weather terms in a full indexed weather photo glossary.
Warm Fronts Movement
Warm fronts and the movements associated with cold air masses. Page 2.
Climatologist
Climatologist definition and job responsibilities
Make a Cloud in a Bottle
The key ingredients of cloud formation are easy to replicate in a jar or bottle. This quick demonstration will show you how to make your own clouds.
Source Region
Source region is the location from which an air mass originates. Examples of source regions include the icy continental portions of Canada in the winter.
The Shape of Raindrops
Contrary to popular belief, raindrops are not shaped like tear drops. They're shaped more like hamburger buns.
Make an Auto Safety Kit - Winter Driving
Learn to create a family disaster plan, use a weather radio, plan for an automobile emergency, or survive the ravages of the freezing winter weather.
Hurricane Formation: How Hurricanes Form in the...
Hurricanes start in the Sahara Desert. This exciting tutorial takes you through the birth of a hurricane and explains the reason for the Atlantic hurricane season.
Surviving a Hurricane - Would I Live Through...
Author Michielle Beck tells her tale of survival during Hurricane Ivan on weather.about.com, the site for up-to-date weather news and information for teachers, students, and the community. Get educated and explore your earth environment! Page 2.
Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Wind
Learn the basics of Earth's winds, including what makes them blow.
Types of Natural Disasters
Types of natural disasters, specifically weather-related natural disasters, account for the greatest economic and human losses in the world year after year.
The Perfect Storm - Nor'easters
The Perfect Storm occurred around October 31, 1991 as a massive and rare storm. With three meteorological conditions combining to create what has been called the 'Storm of the Century', this Halloween storm will not soon be forgotten. In fact, Sebastian Junger profiled this storm in his novel, The Perfect Storm. A film was later created based on the book.
Fronts - Weather Map Symbols for the Types of...
Weather fronts are a weather condition that occurs when two or more air masses meet. Find the weather map symbols for the different types of fronts here.
Flood Facts and Statistics
The Flood Fact File for interesting and little=known statistics on floods.
Tropical Storm
Tropical storm definition in the weather glossary.
Classifying and Naming Clouds
What are the names of the clouds overhead? Learn how to easily tell this by visually observing their appearance and height above you. Page 2.
How Does Weather Affect How You Sweat?
Why do you sweat and how does evaporative cooling reduce body temperature? If you spend time outside in the summer heat, then you should know the dangers of prolonged exposure to summer heat. Calculating and understanding the Heat Index is the key to knowing when to cool down.
Tornadoes - A Weather Guide Tutorial
When is your state likely to get hit by a tornado? Look at the data to determine your danger zone for tornado damages. Page 3.
Occluded Fronts
Occluded fronts are a type of front or frontal boundary. There are warm occlusions and cold occlusions.
Wind Gusts
Wind gust definition in the weather glossary.
The 10 Most Dangerous States for Lightning Deaths
Find out which states in the United States have the greatest number of lightning and thunderstorms related deaths and injuries.
Supercell Thunderstorms
Supercell thunderstorm definition in the weather glossary.
Virga
Virga. Weather.
Weather Map Symbols - Fronts and Air Masses
Warm Fronts Slide Over Cold Air Masses. Page 2.
Simulate a Weather Front with Warm and Cold Air...
Make your very own weather front in a jar! Use these step by step instructions to create a weather front for yourself or for the classroom!
Barometers
Barometer is defined in the weather glossary. Full definitions include photos and links to key weather articles on the topic. Explore the latest weather news as you browse the meteorology terms organized alphabetically with synonyms, misuses, and pronunciations.
Nitrogen - Gases in the Atmosphere
Nitrogen in the atmosphere is defined in the weather glossary. Full definitions include photos and links to key weather articles on the topic. Explore the latest weather news as you browse the meteorology terms organized alphabetically with synonyms, misuses, and pronunciations.
Willy Willy
Willy-Willy is defined in the weather glossary. Full definitions include photos and links to key weather articles on the topic. Explore the latest weather news as you browse the meteorology terms organized alphabetically with synonyms, misuses, and pronunciations.
The Waco Tornado
The top 10 deadliest US tornadoes created a staggering death toll. The number of lives lost in these tornadoes was tragic, as was the damage that they caused. Tornado damage happens very quickly and often without a lot of warning. This is especially true in the area of the US called tornado alley. Pictures of tornadoes show the devastation that can be caused based on wind speed (as measured by the Fujita scale) and the population of the area where the tornado touched down.
Cold Front Symbol
Cold Front Weather Map Symbol. Page 7.
Knot
Knots. Weather.
What Is the World Record Highest Wind Speed?
The highest wind speed recorded occurred in the Northeast United States at Mount Washington Observatory. Read about the amazing wind speed weather record taken from this peak.
Barometer Diagram
A barometer measures atmospheric pressure by balance the weight of mercury in a glass tube against the weight of air in the atmosphere. Page 10.
Muggy
Muggy weather is a common term used to describe particular weather conditions associated with humid air.
Can Crickets Really Tell You the Temperature...
Hearing crickets chirp is a true sound of summer. If you listen hard enough, you can tell what the temperature is outside! Find out how!
Front
Fronts or frontal boundaries definition
Two Hurricanes Colliding - Can Hurricanes Merge...
Two hurricanes merging to form one big hurricane is the topic of this interesting reader question. The reader wants to know if the storm will form one big hurricane or superhurricane.
Can You Tell Time Like a Meteorologist?
Learn about Z time, including how it differs from other 24-hour clocks, and how to easily calculate it.
How to Use Weather Maps to Make a Forecast
How to use weather maps to make a mock forecast: A high school science lesson plan
Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is defined in the weather glossary.
What is Lake Effect Snow?
What is the difference between a lake effect snow storm and a regular winter storm? All of your weather questions are answered here!
What are the Three Ingredients Needed for a...
Although snow storms are common in many regions of the world, a winter storm is defined by three main ingredients, moisture, lift, and temperature. Each ingredient is described with links to even more information. Perfect for introducing blizzards and snow.
Looking for Free Online Weather Data? Here's...
Looking for a piece of weather or climate data, but don't know where to start? I'll show you where the best reputable places are to find it.
Why Does Earth Have 4 Seasons?
Explore the science behind winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Trace Precipitation
Trace precipitation is defined in the weather glossary.
How to Find the Perfect Weather for Skydiving
Weather and skydiving experts come together in this article on the types of weather to look out for before you venture into an airplane and jump. Your adventure can be enhanced with some simple knowledge of weather and parachuting.
How Weather Changed History
History changes as a result of key weather events. From the Hindenburg to Bubonic Plague to the Challenger accident and more, you will learn the role of weather in changing historical events. This exciting tour will lead you through 10 events that changed the course of history! A great addition to a history and science integration lesson plan for educators!
Hoar Frost
Hoar Frost. Weather.
Weather Coloring Books for Kids
Weather coloring books are a fun and easy way to teach about severe storm safety and preparation. Students, teachers and families can get educated on the basics of tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, winter storms, and flash floods through these informative and free weather downloads.
Buys Ballot Law
Buys Ballots law, sometimes referred to as the Baric Wind Law, is discussed.
Atmospheric Pressure
Teachers looking for weather lesson plans will love this science experiment on air pressure. The original lesson is exciting and hands-on allowing for development of the science process skills.
Cloud Cover Symbols
Using a station model, meteorologists report cloud cover using a series of symbols. Page 11.
What are Waterspouts?
Is a water spout a tornado? Learning how tornadoes form could save your life. Would you know what to look for? Find out everything you need to know about the formation of these violent twisters.
Albedo
Albedo definition. Weather.
Warm Occlusions
Warm occlusions are a type of occluded front.
The 5 Types of Weather Fronts
An introduction to the five types of weather fronts and the weather that each brings.
Heat Wave
A definition of heat wave, including its history and dangers. Click through our list of suggested readings to learn even more.
Top 10 Weather Songs of the 1960's
A list of the top weather songs of the 1960's is listed including artist, year, record label, and description. This fun list of songs is perfect for the weather fan and includes all the details you need to find these oldies classics.
Name That Weather Front Symbol
weather maps symbols fronts cold warm occluded stationary stationery
Easterly Wave (AEW)
An area of showers and thunderstorms that travels off the northwest coast of Africa and is carried into the Atlantic Ocean by the Trade Winds.
Top 9 Computer Games and Video Clip Animations...
Using computer simulations and video tutorials, full understanding of the Coriolis Effect on Earth winds is explained in detail. Although often difficult to describe in words, these movie files and games will help any weather lover to better understand the wind belts on earth and their directions of movement.
Tropical Wave
Tropical wave definition in the weather glossary.
Top 10 Weather Songs of the 1990s
A list of the top weather songs of the 1990s is listed including artist, year, record label, and description. This fun list of songs is perfect for the weather fans and includes all the details you need to find these classics. Teachers and students will find the music very helpful in their daily classroom plans for elementary and secondary schools as well!
Why Do We Have Weather?
Weather happens everyday, but have you ever wondered why?
Family Disaster Plans for Winter Weather
Family Disaster Plans - The biggest concerns with winter storms are losses of heat, power, telephone service, and a shortage of supplies. This is especially critical if snow storms and blizzard conditions continue for more than a day. So, to prevent disasters, learn to make emergency kits for the home and your car while creating a family disaster plan for all weather emergencies.
Aristotle: The Great Philosopher...and...
Learn about the world's first climate classification system, which only consisted of three climate zones--the torrid, temperate, and frigid. As with many other inventions, we have the ancient Greeks to thank!
Wind Sock
A wind sock is a device for measuring wind direction.
Mare's Tails and Mackerel Scales
Mackerel scales and mare’s tails, make lofty ships carry low sails. Is the weather folklore true or false?
Overcast
Overcast skies definition in the weather glossary.
Top 9 Weather Songs of the 1980s
A list of the top weather songs of the 1980s is listed including artist, year, record label, and description. This fun list of songs is perfect for the weather fans and includes all the details you need to find these classics. Teachers and students will find the music very helpful in their daily classroom plans for elementary and secondary schools as well!
The Warmest Year on Record
The Race for the Title of Warmest Year on Record. Was this a warmer year than average? What are the 25 warmest years on record? Find out now as you delve into the weird weather experienced throughout most of the United States and globally. You will find data sources for educational and research purposes as well as an explanation behind the increased temperatures experienced over the last 50 years. This historical climate record will rank order the hottest average temperatures in the US.
Not Fond of Snow? This May Change Your Mind...
Learn how to make snow ice cream -- an old-fashioned winter weather treat.
Top 10 Deadliest Tornadoes
A list of the top 10 deadliest tornadoes in the United States.
The Types of Winter Weather Advisories from the...
Learn the elements of a winter snow storm and how to properly prepare your family for any winter hazards in the home and in your car.
Never Confuse a Thunderstorm, Tornado, or...
How do thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes differ? See how in this side-by-side storm comparison.
How Long Does a Tornado Last?
Quick tornado facts and FAQs - Answers from a weather expert
Show Air Has Volume
Air takes up space and has volume. Many younger elementary school students will sometimes think air does not take up space. This simple weather lesson plans will allow teachers to demonstrate a volume of air.
Dew Point
Dew point temperature. Weather.
An Introduction to Tornadoes
Tornadoes have occurred in all 50 states. You may not be safe. Know the danger signs of tornado formation and where tornadoes are most likely to occur. Learning the violenbt nature of tornadoes are critical to preventing damages to your life and home.
Top 10 Weather Songs of the 1970's
A list of the top weather songs of the 1970's is listed including artist, year, record label, and description. This fun list of songs is perfect for the weather fan and includes all the details you need to find these oldies classics.
SAM and SAM II
Student activities in meteorology or SAM are a series of National Standard aligned lessons offered by NOAA. Each lesson teaches about topics including Doppler radar, tornadoes, lightning, wind chill, humidity, the disappearing ozone, global warming, and more.
Do You Know What Your Forecast Is Telling You?
Weather forecasts are meant to inform the public, but they’re not always communicated in a straightforward manner. Make sure you know what your forecast is telling you.
Top 10 Free Tornado Videos - See the Power of a...
Witness the awesome power of high winds and damaging debris flying and swirling from close range in this list of the top 10 best tornado videos ever!
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