Weather Patterns Science Games
In this series of games, your students will learn about scientists who record patterns of the weather across different times and areas so that they can make predictions about what kind of weather might happen next. Weather Patterns learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.
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Weather is defined as the conditions of the atmosphere at a particular place and time. Some measures of weather include temperature, precipitation, and wind direction. Local weather conditions in a region typically follow patterns (daily and seasonally) that can be described and predicted. Temperature is a measure of how cold or hot something is.
Meteorologists use a variety of weather tools to collect data about local weather conditions. A thermometer measures temperature. A rain gauge measures precipitation. An anemometer measures wind speed. A wind vane measures wind direction. Meteorologists record and analyze weather patterns across different times and areas. A barometer measures air pressure. Weather maps show the weather conditions in an area at a particular time, and they can show predictions for the future.
An air mass is a large body of air that moves over the Earth’s surface and determines local weather. A weather front is a boundary between different air masses. Water that falls from clouds is called precipitation. Different kinds of weather fronts include warm, cold, and stationary fronts. Temperature is a measure of how cold or hot something is. Properties of air masses include humidity, temperature, and air pressure. Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. Air pressure is due to the weight of air and is also related to its temperature.
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