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Target Audience: 6th-12th grade STEM teachers
Predicting weather, especially dangerous storms, relies on the understanding of numerous scientific theories, as well as merging data from diverse observational platforms. One tool that meteorologists use routinely is weather radar. Radar provides unparalleled information on precipitation location and amount, and information on storm structure. Weather radar is the foundation of severe weather warnings, and also provides information on wind fields under clear air conditions.
In this workshop, teachers will engage in activities that illustrate how radar data are used to better understand atmospheric circulations near the Earth’s surface that can influence severe weather. The activities will include a series of practical exercises with readily accessible data sets that will reveal how physics, earth science, math, and computer science complement each other in weather forecasting. With support from the meteorologists and CSATS, teachers will develop classroom lessons that are tied directly to their curriculum and appropriate for their students.