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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Graphic can be used to teach a number of concepts in meteorology and severe storms.
- Go through the wind speed key at the bottom of the graphic.
- Could be used in a weather unit as a dynamic visualization to demonstrate the interconnections among wind energy, Coriolis force, pressure, temperature, and precipitation.
- The animation would be particularly interesting to watch during a major storm, such as a hurricane or cyclone.
About the Science
- This is a beautifully designed, animated map that displays multiple weather conditions for locations all over the world using a model provided by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.
- Several different meteorological data can be displayed via a visual menu. The animation invites in-depth exploration.
Comments from expert scientist:
This resource is great. It's an extraordinary tool for visualizing several meteorological quantities, with a really good interface. I can imagine several different educational applications for this.
About the Pedagogy
- Definitely has the "WOW' factor for students.
- This sophisticated visualization can be used to show various weather features as well as to analyze the formation and dynamics of severe storms.
- Each variable has a color-coded range band index (such as wind speed, rain or snowfall, temperature, etc). Optional overlays are provided.
- Wind speed and direction is the default display.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Stunning visual display. Visual quality and graphics are excellent.
- There is also an app available for download that is also very well developed, so this can be viewed on a mobile device.
- Data is updated in intervals of 6 hours to 5 days depending on the source.