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Classroom Activities
by the covis project

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The following classroom activities introduce a variety of fundamental topics in meteorology. All necessary data and instructional resources are accessible from each activity. In addition, each activity is accompanied by a corresponding teacher guide (or answer key). Up to 90 minutes of classroom time may be needed to complete each activity.

Last Update: 07/12/97
Atmospheric pressure, high and low pressure centers, and the pressure gradient force.

Air Masses
Characteristics of air masses that commonly influence weather in the U.S. and how to identify them on weather maps.

Precipitation Along Fronts
The development of precipitation along warm fronts and cold fronts.

Midlatitude Cyclones
Anatomy of midlatitude cyclones and how to identify them on weather maps.

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Converting back and forth between local time and UTC.

Surface Observation Symbols
Interpreting meteorological data from observation symbols displayed on weather maps.

Current Weather Symbols
Interpreting common weather symbols found on weather maps.

Forecasting Temperatures
Influences of cloud cover, wind, snow cover and advection on forecasting temperatures.

Forecasting Precipitation
Useful indicators for predicting the development of precipitation.

Terms for using data resources. CD-ROM available.
Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.