- What types of weather will you investigate?
- Will you need any special tools or instruments to make your observations?
- Do you think that weather patterns in your region have changed in the last 100 years?
- Decide which types of weather you will investigate.
- You can measure temperature with a thermometer, precipitation with a rain gauge, and cloud types with a cloud identification guide.
- Compare your observations with historical weather data. You can find historical weather data on the internet.
- Are your observations typical for this time of year in your area?
- What could cause changes in average weather? How does climate change affect weather?
- How do you think changes in average temperature or precipitation could affect the environment?
- Rain gauge
- Cloud identification chart
Keep it Simple
- If you don’t have time to fully explore the weather in your area you can choose to only investigate one type of weather!
Take it Further
- For an added challenge, you can build your own instruments. PBS has instructions for a simple thermometer that you can try!