Meteorology, Weather and Climate
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Common mistakes people make when talking and writing about the weather. The site takes topical and common mis-information examples and attempt to put things to rights. For example, Apple have advertised their Mac OS 8.5 by advertising it's ability to find information on the web- alas, they found the wrong information and didn't read the webpage before they used it in their adverts! Other common comments like 'raindrops are shaped like teardrops' are also exposed for what they really are. Teachers and students alike should visit this site.
This US Geological Survey site acts as a link page to climate data and weather forecasts around the world.
A brief history of climate change, its causes and the proof that it has happened many times in past geological history. Its a clearly written article that makes a good introduction to the topic and is worth reading if you are researching global warming, greenhouse effects or climate change in general.
Change Information Kit
Thirty very informative pages on Climate Change, produced by the United Nation's Environment Program.Schools may find it useful to download these pages as they provide a good basis for work on the way climates change.
The Climate Prediction Center is part of Noaa and provides information about short-term climate change information in the form of 6 to 90 day forecasts. The site layout can be annoying and difficult to follow. The site uses frames and the main menu can be found on the left of the screen. For some reason it makes very annoying beeps from time to time.
The PSC Meteorology Program has developed this server to provide explanations of and access to detailed pictures of some basic cloud forms. The cloud images are relatively large (640x480) in order to show detailed structure and features.The purpose of these pages is to provide a general cloud reference and is not intended to provide an all-inclusive list.
The purpose of this site is to introduce how clouds develop and their different classifications, so that with a little practice, you too can become reasonably accurate in identifying them.
A wonderful selection of space shuttle images of clouds together with informative text. All the images have an accompanying text that explains the picture. This is a very good cloud site.
The most recent images of European weather are available for download. There are many satellite images available covering visual, infra red, temperature and water vapour bands. Movies of weather systems are also available, along with a smaller selection of Middle Eastern satellite images. This site is one of the very best places to visit for the most recent satellite images.
The tropical cyclone data presented at this site are intended to convey general information on current storms. Current storms are listed together with their track, location, name and type. Archives cover past storms and there are also gif and postscript map files of storm tracks that may be downloaded.
Wild Wild Weather Page
Dan is a meteorologist and has put together these pages to form an interactive site about wind, pressure, temperature and clouds. His intended audience are kids aged 6 to 16, their parents and teachers too. There are a lot of graphics on this site and these can sometimes slow it down. It's another excellent educational site worth visiting.
As the title states, it's about global warming. The topic is covered well with reports, pictures. lists of causes, topical news stories and a 'what can be done' section. A good research site for students interested in warming, greenhouse gasses and environmental issues.
This is a single page explaining the origins and causes of each equinox, written well and aimed at older school students and above. Students will need an understanding of the relationship between the Earth and the Sun and a reasonable understanding of refraction and similar topics. Roughly age 14 in a UK school as an age guide.
Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
ECMWF is an international organisation supported by 18 European Member States. principal objectives of the Centre are: it's aims are the development of numerical methods for medium-range weather forecasting;the preparation, on a regular basis, of medium-range weather forecasts for distribution to the meteorological services of the Member States; scientific and technical research directed to the improvement of these forecasts; collection and storage of appropriate meteorological data. This is a specialist site and not suited to general browsing by students. If, however you are interested in more advanced information, you may find it of use.
This page contains a range of images which are generally useful if you are interested in current European weather. Almost all types of publicly available satellite images can be accessed from here. A really impressive site with a wealth of satellite imagery for free. If you have any interest in european weather, you should visit this site.
A NASA site discussing global warming in a quite detailed way, covering greenhouse gasses, atmospheric modelling and NASA'a investigations into the Greenhouse Effect. A good account, suited to students with a basic grounding in geography and the atmosphere.
The process of air rising, the water vapour in the air cooling to its saturation point, condensing and becoming visible as a cloud, is basically how clouds develop. The mechanisms are responsible for this process are explained here. A very good source for school material and project research.
The current weather and four day forecasts for major centres worldwide provided for a single page. This is one of several sites on the internet that strive to provide a good range of forecast facilities in an easy to use format. It also features 'interactive' weather maps, and a 'Today in Weather History' section.
From the National Geographic, this online map shows how frequently lightning strikes the lower 48 states of the USA.
of Climate Regions
Twenty three cities across the world are covered, and for each city you can view an up to date climagraph
This is the home site of the MetLink International Schools Weather Project, sponsored by the Royal meteorological Society and the UK Met Office. From the main page you can access assorted data submitted by schools, lists of schools involved with the project, weather project ideas and weather contacts. All schools, especially in the UK, that have an interest in the weather should visit the site and consider becoming part of the project.
A short page that provides a definition of Monsoon with a brief history of the origin of the word.
This is a North American site that covers, in some detail, current official weather warnings, observations and forecasts for the USA. Data can be found from National and regional menus, an archive of past data is available and there is also information about the National Weather Service. A useful research site.
World climate data, back as far as 1800 for some places, can be seen and downloaded here. Surface, Upper Air and Marine data are all available using maps, tables, images and text.
The Royal Meteorological Society is a learned society in the UK that exists to promote and advance meteorological science. The home page contains an introduction to the Society, information about its aims, membership, history, journals, meetings etc. It also carries links to its educational activities and professional qualifications such as Chartered Meteorologist.
The Meteosat Image Archive at Nottingham University. As they receive satellite images they become available from this page. Thus all the images are as near to 'live' as is possible. Each image is displayed as a thumbnail which you can click on to view the full size picture. If you are seeking up to date satellite images, this is one of the best sites to visit.
Why we have seasons? This site sets out to explain why seasons occur on Earth, looking at the Earth's rotation, equinoxes, solstices, the earth's orbit and why solar heating varies across the planet. The information is well presented and comes from Plymouth State College.
Central Weather Bureau
The latest weather for Taiwan as well as earthquake and climate reports, radar images, marine information and a monthly analysis of climate systems. In my experience this site can be very slow to access from the UK, but obviously access times will depend upon your location, the speed of your internet link and the general traffic on the internet.
Aurora Borealis Page
Information, links and images about the Northern Lights. There are in depth articles, images, short descriptive texts, Aurora sightings and forecasts, current research, and links to other Aurora sites. A good research site.
A good explanation of why the earth experiences four seasons each year. There are also a good accounts of the reasons for the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox and Winter and Summer Solstice. The text is suited to most age groups.
Latest weather images for the UK taken from satellite downloads. You can choose to view either the most recent visual or infra red image of the UK, with the coastline superimposed so that it is visible even under cloud cover. The images are a good size and an excellent resource when looking at weather systems.
Using the map, click on the state in which you are interested to view the precipitation and temperature data for cities within that area. There are also shaded relief maps of the US states, links to related climate and weather sites and a handy glossary of terms used in the website.
The USA Today Weather site is a comprehensive resource covering the weather as it occurs across the United States and the rest of the world. You can choose from a selection of different forecasts, search newspaper archives or read articles about weather topics such as tornadoes and hurricanes.
Faidley's Storm Chaser
Warren Faidley, is the world's only full-time, storm chasing photojournalist - cinematographer. His recent film credits include Twister and The Avengers. He is a severe weather consultant for radio and television. He is the CEO of the Weatherstock Agency and is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the Picture Agency Council of America. This site examines his storm chasing activities, has a 'severe weather page' designed just for children, and also presents some excellent severe weather pictures.
This site allows you to access a huge variety of weather resources including local and national weather reports, ski reports and factual information about the weather in general.
From here you an search for the weather around a city by entering a location in the search form, look at recent weather forecasts for the USA and the rest of the world, examine weather maps or explore the links to other sites.
Everything from satellite images to forecasts are offered here. There is a huge range of data on offer; dozens of maps, images and forecasts from the one page. In fact, you can access everything from Doppler Radar data to time lapse satellite images of the Middle East and an aviation forecast for 34,000 feet!
It offers access to thousands of forecasts, images, and what it claims to be the Net's largest collection of weather links, and the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of weather data on the Web. You can call up data for cities by using the search form, keep track of the latest weather events, get the ski forecast or use their list of weather site links.
Chill Table from USA Today
An informative site that provides a wind chill chart, links to the formula for calculating wind chill, and some handy texts covering wind chill related topics, including the 'Outdoor Action Guide to Hyperthermia And Cold Weather Injuries.
Eighty five thousand records of world climate data can be accessed for cities around the world. The page offers a simple search facility; you enter the name of the place, and it finds the data for you.
Hole Research Center
Plenty of information about Global Warming including a page of information you don't see very often.
United Nations agency concerned with all aspects of world climate. The WMO site explains it's mission, history and aims. This is a rather specialist site and is about the WMO itself. It is not a site that provided actual weather data.
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