Weather Studies Investigations Manual Academic Year 2013-2014 & Summer 2014
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Updated annually to remain current with the atmospheric sciences and weather events (such as significant tornadoes and hurricanes), this manual introduces tools for exploring, analyzing, and interpreting the workings of Earth's atmosphere. Thirty investigations build on previous learning experiences to foster a comprehensive understanding of Earth's atmosphere.
As either a companion to Weather Studies or alone, this manual offers a comprehensive introduction to the Earth's atmosphere. The Manual focuses on understanding weather through hands-on activities and examination of recent weather phenomena. It begins with visualization of movement of air in high and low pressure systems through the “hand-twist” model and recent weather maps. Other topics investigated include clouds, temperature, and air pressure through the “Cloud in a Bottle” experiment, and the Coriolis Effect though a hands-on visualization. The Manual investigates recent tornadic activity and examines Hurricane Katrina forecasts.
AMS Education Program Earth science courses and the associated learning materials were developed by an experienced team of AMS scientists and science educators to bring high quality and scientifically robust educational resources to university and college classrooms nationwide. Components of the courses are delivered online, allowing students to track real-time weather, ocean and climate events as they occur. These resources were developed to support and sustain the AMS K-13 professional development programs for U.S. educators, and promote AMS disciplines to the general public.