NSTA Journal Articles on Weather

How Reliable is the Temperature Forecast?

April 2005

Project 2061 suggests “technology provides the eyes and ears of science—and some of the muscle, too. The electronic computer, for example, has led to substantial progress in the study of weather systems….” Because teachers now have access to a kaleidoscope of technological advancements, middle school science teachers can engage students in classroom activities that are inquiry-based and technology-rich.


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Infrared Thermometers

January 2006

An infrared (IR) thermometer lab lets science students measure surface temperatures, using off-the-shelf technology. Potential areas of study include astronomy (exoplanets), the electromagnetic spectrum, chemistry, evaporation rates, anatomy, crystal formation, and water or liquids.


Weathering Database Technology

February 2005

Collecting weather data is a traditional part of a middle level meteorology unit, but making connections between the data and weather conditions can be challenging for students. One way to increase students’ understanding of these connections is by having them gather and record weather data.

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