The Atmosphere

Average temperature profile for the lower layers of the atmosphere
Average temperature profile for the lower layers of the atmosphere
Diagram from NOAA



5/13/08
Go to the following website:
http://profhorn.meteor.wisc.edu/wxwise/station/index.html

Read through this website with your group. Complete all the practice exercises. As you do this, copy the symbol and the answers
onto a blank sheet of paper. One paper per person.

As a group create 5 of your own weather symbols. We will use these weather symbols at a later time, but they will be collected
before the end of class along with your individual weather recordings.


For Homework, find 4 cities that begin with the letter of your last name. Go to www.weather.com and find out the weather for that area.
Write down the weather and the weather symbols for that area. For example Ms. Bohac would find a city that began with a letter B, O, H, and A.
If you do not have four letters in your last name, use a letter from your first name.


Also, do not forget to record your data for your webquest. I will be checking this data everyday.

I fully anticipate to be back in class tomorrow. Thank you for your cooperation with the sub while I am away:)


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5/12/08
Today you will be introduced to 2 web quests that we will be working on intermittently for the next few weeks.
You will be working in groups of 3-4 for this project. I will give you the option to choose your groups.
Remember that these are the people you are relying upon to work on the project with you. No one likes to have to do all the
work themselves.
For each web quest you visit, I would like you to read through the whole web quest. Answer the following questions for each
web quest.
These questions are due to me today and should be typed in a word document and emailed to me.
My email address is abohac@maine207.org

As Time Goes by in Weather Forcasting
http://www.uwm.edu/~kahl/WebQuests/Time/index.htm

How will each member of the group contributed to the success of this project?

How will research be presented in a clear and accurate form?

What kinds of charts, graphs and pictures might be included in this project?

How can you present your individual report in a clear, accurate and insightful manner?


Acid Thunder: Saving El Tajín from Acid Rain
http://www.uwm.edu/~kahl/WebQuests/Tajin/index.htm

How will each member of the group contributed to the success of this project?

How will research be presented in a clear and accurate form?

What kinds of charts, graphs and pictures might be included in this project?

How can you present your individual report in a clear, accurate and insightful manner?


Homework: read pages 358-352
Take your choice of notes. Be ready for a quick quiz on Tuesday on this material. You may use your notes on this quiz.




5/1/08
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1. Visit the following website
http://www.eram.k12.ny.us/education/sctemp/9cdaced2f071b2c7aafe3a175280413e/1209575812/solarAngle.swf

On a blank document, answer the following questions about the applet you are viewing:

How does the amount of light change as the flashlight angle is changed?

What happens to the area illuminated as the angle is increased?

Describe the relationship between intensity and angle of light hitting the Earths surface.

When the intensity is high, we call this high .

Complete a graph using the two variables Intensity of light and Angle of light hitting Earth.


Remember to include a Title, label x and y axis and be sure to indicate the independent and dependent variable by putting them on the correct axis.

When done with these questions save them as a word document in your Earth Science folder located on your home drive.

2. Visit the following website:

http://www.eram.k12.ny.us/education/sctemp/9cdaced2f071b2c7aafe3a175280413e/1209575925/cans.swf

Construct a generalized graph for each of the 3 factors that effect temperature change.
Color, texture and specific heat.

These are general graphs that you may sketch and turn in. Be sure to watch each applet in its entirety.


Homework
Visit the website www.weather.com
Pick 15 locations from around the world. Make sure these locations are located at a variety of different latitudes. For example 5 locations might be near the equator, 5 locations around 30-60 degrees north and south and 5 locations near 60-90 degrees north and south. Record these locations and TEMPERATURE in a data table. Bring this data to use in class tomorrow.

May 2, 2008


Today we will make test corrections on the exam taken on Wed. These will be turned in for a grade.

Activity: Class plot of temperature data points around the world.

Discussion and Notes: Atmosphere and Pressure

Homework
Graph of Temp and Latitude. Using the data we collected in class, graph the relationship between latitude and temperature in Excel. Remember to use a scatter plot graph and label the graph appropriately. Remember to display what the dependent and independent variable are.

You will also receive a blank world map. Plot each country or city on the world map, and label with the temperature.

world%20map.gif
World Map in case you forgot it.






May 5, 2008
In class: Share graphed data.

Observation of Globe Data
Explore following websites:
http://www.globe.gov/fsl/html/templ.cgi?esframe_precip&lang=en&nav=1
http://www.globe.gov/fsl/html/templ.cgi?esframe_temp&lang=en&nav=1
http://www.globe.gov/fsl/html/templ.cgi?esframe_solar&lang=en&nav=1
http://www.globe.gov/fsl/html/templ.cgi?esframe_cloud&lang=en&nav=1
http://www.globe.gov/fsl/html/templ.cgi?esframe_soil&lang=en&nav=1
http://www.globe.gov/fsl/html/templ.cgi?esframe_veg&lang=en&nav=1

On a blank document, answer the following questions as you move through the different websites. Each group will be assigned a different color set of questions.

Is there a correlation between solar energy and temperature? Explain.

Is there a correlation between solar energy and precipitation? Explain.

Is there a correlation between solar energy and cloud cover? Explain.

Is there a correlation between temperature and cloud cover? Explain.

Is there a correlation between temperature and soil moisture? Explain.

Is there a correlation between temperature and vegetation? Explain.


How do precipitation patterns change through the course of a year? Explain

How do temperature patterns change through the course of a year? Explain

How do soil moisture patterns change through the course of a year? Explain

How do vegetation patterns change through the course of a year? Explain

How do solar energy patterns change through the course of a year? Explain

Is there a correlation between temperature and precipitation? Explain.


Quiz quiz trade review
Quiz: Insolation, temperature trends, atmosphere and pressure.

Homework: Notes 323-330 – For each main heading, you must create a fat question and 2 skinny questions. You must use Figure 16-6 to create one of your questions. Fat questions require higher level thinking in order to answer these questions. These questions resemble critical thinking questions. Skinny questions are straightforward questions that do not require critical thinking, they are important to understand the material. The main headings are as follows:

Pressure in the Atmosphere
Measuring Atmospheric Pressure
High and Low Atmospheric Pressure
Atmospheric Pressure and Moisture


May 6, 2008
In Class: Notes, review material from last night’s homework.
Movie: Weather Instruments and movie quiz
In Class: Using tables to determine dew point temp and relative humidity.
Homework: Illustrate and explain in your own words key terms humidity, relative humidity, saturation and dewpoint.


May 7, 2008
In class: We worked on relative humidity and dew point charts. Played an in class group game for points.
Homework: p. 341 Earth Math Due Tomorrow, Read and take notes p. 342-350 due Friday

Lesson Links:**




Clouds play an important role in the radiation budget of the earth. Clouds form when the dew point and the temperature of the air are the same. Sunlight causes water to evaporate into the atmosphere. This air containing the water vapor is heated at the surface of the Earth and rises. As it rises, it cools and the water vapor condenses on some form of particulate matter such as dust, ash, or smoke to form clouds.

Clouds can cause the Earth to warm or to cool. High clouds allow the Sun's energy to warm the Earth. Because they are so high in the sky, they do not give off much heat. So, high clouds tend to warm the Earth. Low clouds tend to reflect the Sun's energy back into space. Because they are low in the atmosphere they give off more heat than high clouds. So, low clouds tend to cool the Earth.

Procedure:

A. Access data and display in a spreadsheet
1. Go to S'COOL website.
2. Select 'Database' from the Participants' Cloud.
3. Select 'Search all S'COOL observations'.
4. Select the following dates: Starting 2005, 01, 15 and Ending 2005, 01, 20.
5. Choose Terra Satellite.
6. Choose
USA.
7. Click 'Submit Query Request'.
8. After the data has finished loading, scroll to the bottom of the page.
9. Click on 'Directions for How to Download Spreadsheet File'.
10.Follow these directions to download the data into an Excel spreadsheet.
B. Graph the data using Excel
1. On the spreadsheet, highlight Column V (Relative Humidity) and Column AG (Low Cloud Coverage).
2. From the toolbar, click on the Chart Wizard icon.
3. Under Chart type, select XY (Scatter)
4. Under Chart sub-type, select the first sub-type 'Scatter'
5. Click on Next
6. At the next window, click Next.
7. In the next window (Chart options window), in the chart title box, type the title of the graph 'Low Level Coverage vs Humidity'
8. For Value (x) axis, type 'Relative Humidity (per cent)'
9. For Value (y) axis, type 'Low Level Cloud Coverage (per cent)'
10. Click Next.
11. Save the graph to a separate sheet. See the Links section for a sample graph.
12. Click Finish.
13. Repeat the procedure for two more graphs: Mid Cloud Cover vs Relative Humidity , and High Cloud Cover vs Relative Humidity. See the Links section for sample graphs.
14. Use the three graphs, along with research books and materials provided by the teacher, to answer the Question section.

Questions:

Does humidity affect cloud formation? Explain your answer using specific data from your graph.


Homework: 342-345 Bookmarks

May 8, 2008
http://asd-www.larc.nasa.gov/SCOOL/cldchart.html - Link to Different types of clouds and their formation altitudes

In class: work on cloud project



Demo: Corioles Effect

Homework: Pressure gradient


May 9, 2008
Team building activity J
Work on cloud project

Homework: Have a fantastic weekend. Do something nice for a mom you admireJ

Extra Credit Opportunity: Navy Pier Chicago Green Festival – See Ms. Bohac for details.