Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences Teacher Guide

(PS-2979)

Teacher manual for Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences labs. Has both the printed version and a flash drive with teacher tips, a PDF of teacher version and editable Word student version.

Tracking Weather

Lab Summary

Use a weather/anemometer sensor to determine how variations in temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, dew point, wind speed, and sky conditions relate to each other and produce specific weather conditions.

Theory

Analyze atmospheric data to determine how variations in temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, dew point, wind speed, and sky conditions relate to each other and produce specific weather conditions. Through this investigation, students:

  • Describe how a change in barometric pressure affects sky conditions.
  • Determine the relationship between temperature and relative humidity.
  • Recognize and identify different types of clouds.

Method

Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Sampling atmospheric variables including temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, dew point, wind speed, and sky conditions (including types of clouds present) over a period of at least 6 hours.
  • Analyzing the weather data collected to determine relationships between temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, dew point, wind speed, and sky conditions.
  • Comparing weather data that was collected on days with different weather conditions such as a nice clear calm day, an overcast day, a rainy or snowy day, or a windy day.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Weather Anemometer Sensor

(PS-2174)

The Weather Anemometer Sensor measures wind speed and wind chill in addition to temperature, barometric pressure, relative and absolute humidity, and dew point.

Materials Used:

Brick or block to lift sensor off ground (optional)
Weather data for comparison
Weather shield

Your Bundle Options:

Option 1:

Advanced Environmental and Earth Science Starter Sensor Bundle

(PS-2915A)

Starter Sensor bundle designed for use with Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences Solutions.

Option 2:

Advanced Environmental and Earth Science Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2916A)

Standard bundle for Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences Teacher Guide,

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.