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Weather Girl Goes Rogue
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Deep Rogue Ram, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

This humorous video suggests what might happen if a weather forecaster reported the weather in the context of climate change. There is a sharp contrast between the anchor focusing on short-term local concerns and the weather forecaster describing what is happening on a long-term global basis.

Video length is 2:44 min.

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Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
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Global warming is "very likely" caused by human greenhouse gas emission
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Sea level rise and resulting impacts is due to melting ice and thermal expansion and increases the risk
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Increased extreme weather events due to climate change
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Teaching Tips

  • Educators could ask students to discuss the differing perspectives of the anchor and weather forecaster, and the scientific evidence for the long-term global view.
  • Video could be used to add a bit of levity at some point near the end of a climate change unit. It summarizes some key points about climate change.

About the Science

  • Links to data sources are not provided, but the scientific statements are consistent with the consensus view.
  • The video was produced in 20102 and some of the details (sea ice extent, current average temperature) have changed since then. But the message remains valid.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Represents some basic stats of recent climate change in a humorous way. Not a primary piece of educational curriculum, but would be a funny break between lessons.

About the Pedagogy

  • No background material or teacher's guide is provided. Since it takes a satirical view of the subject, it would be best used after a more serious examination of the issues with students who will understand the satire.
  • Offers a way for students to consider the effectiveness of climate communication. Is this message effective? Why or why not?
  • Students could create their own video segments using other communications strategies.
  • May be more suitable for more mature students, high school and up.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The video is in HD and is suitable for classroom projection.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.

HS-ESS2.D3:Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.


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