Deke Arndt, NOAA
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- This short video provides great support for discussion of the new reports about recent extreme weather events in the US Plains states.
- It could be used by teachers in the Midwest to explain how drought and excessive rainfall relate to global temperature increases.
- Suggest watching the video twice, perhaps pausing at each of the indicator maps - drought monitor, air, temperature, precipitation, so students can read and apply the key provided with each.
About the Science
- Video reports summer 2012 was the third hottest on record in the U.S. and all of 2012 was on track to being the warmest year in the U.S. (which has since been confirmed), and explains why intense heat and lack of rain leads to crop damage and failure. No explicit connection is made to climate change.
- Comments from expert scientist: It does a very good job at explaining the link between above normal temperatures and rainfall deficits and crop stress/failure.
About the Pedagogy
- The video is presented with a full transcript but no links to additional background material or data sources are provided. Narration is a nice way to introduce students to these climate indicator maps (and others like them) available from NOAA and others.
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