Weather: Electronic Resources
This is a collection of electronic resources (websites, software, etc.) covering Weather. See the Wild Weather section for information on storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. A separate collection of Print Resources is also available.
Key: E = Elementary (K-5), I = Intermediate (6-8), HS = High School (9-12), C = College, G = General Public
- U. S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (I, HS, C, G)
- URL: http://www.noaa.gov/
- One Sky, Many Voices (E, I, HS)
- URL: http://onesky.engin.umich.edu/
- Guide to the Science of the Atmosphere (I, HS)
- URL: http://www.usatoday.com/weather/resources/basics/wworks0.htm
- The Brisbane Storm Chasers Page (G)
- URL: http://www.bsch.au.com/
General | Wild Weather
- BrainPOP. from BrainPOP, Inc. (E, I, HS)
- BrainPOP is the leading producer of educational animated movies for
K-12. Science movies include the atmosphere, weather, Mars plus many
other topics. Webby Award Official Nominee 2003.
- Changes in Weather (Video). Harvey Goodman. Freeport, NY: Educational Activities, 2000. ISBN 7925-4506-0 (I, HS)
- This video portrays many of the situations that affect the weather as
well as the scientists whose job it is to predict and warn. Scenes of
violent and dangerous weather conditiosn will mesmerize students.
Blizzards can mean a lot more than just a day off from school.
Spectacular thunderstorms kill more people each year than tornadoes
or hurricanes. Tornadoes and the violence they leave in theier wake
are also portrayed with incredible video of the twister funnels that
appear each spring in Tornado Alley. Winds as high as 300 mph are
strong enough to toss aside railroad cars! The video has a strong
emphasis on scientific process, with scenes of active scientific
research. Weather forecasters use weather balloons, geosynchronous
satellites, radar, aircraft and ocean buoys to provide important
life-saving information. An extended lesson in reading weather maps
at the end of the video helps students to appreciate how difficult it
is for forecasters to make totally accurate predictions. Accompanying
teacher strategies and activities will help middle school and high
school students appreciate the challenges involved in predicting our
changing weather. This video would make a good accompaniment to an
Earth science unit on weather or careers in science.
Source: NSTA Recommends (http://www.nsta.org/recommends/product.asp?id=12628)
- DataStreme Junction. from American Meteorological Society. (E, I, HS)
- This site contains information to promote the use of current
environmental data across the K-12 curriculum. It includes U.S. and
international weather as well as links to other educational
- Destination Earth: The Official Website for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise. from U. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (G)
- Improving life here on planet Earth is foremost in NASA's vision,
and the larger purpose of NASA's Earth Science Enterprise. Using the
vantage point of space, we gain an understanding of our home planet
that we could never achieve were we bound to the Earth's surface.
From that perspective the Earth appears both complex and fragile; a
complex, ever changing island that is the only known harbor of life
in the solar system. We want to know how the Earth system is
changing, and what are the consequences of life on Earth. Planet
Earth is a dynamic system of continents, oceans, atmosphere, ice and
life. Global-scale changes require global-scale observations and
models, and many regional and local changes are only truly
understood when seen in their global context. Programs of the Earth
Science Enterprise use NASA's research and technology to advance the
interdisciplinary field of Earth System Science to help fulfill
NASA's mission to understand and protect our home planet.
- Educational Sites for All Ages: Top Sites on the Web. from U.S. Department of Energy. Biology and Environmental Research Program. (E, I, HS)
- This web page contains a list of top educational sites for all age
groups on these topics: biology, chemistry, genome, global change,
and weather. Also includes a section for Kids and another for
- EXPLORES!. from Florida State University. (E, I, HS)
- This web site is an educational outreach program designed to bring
weather satellite receiving technology into the K-12 classroom.
Content includes resources for the K-12 curriculum, real time
high-resolution imagery, a discussion board, and real time tropical
- Frank Potter's Science Gems - Earth Science II. (E, I, HS, C, G)
- Contains links to earth science websites. Web pages are grouped by
subject and by age group within each subject. Subjects covered
include: Atmosphere & Weather, Land & Geology, Oceans &
Dynamics; Water & its Effects, and Resources.
- Great Web Sites for Kids: Weather and the Environment. from American Library Association, and Association for Library Service to Children. (E, I)
- Part of Great Web Sites for Kids, each site contains a brief
description, a recommended age level, as well as a direct link.
Several criteria are used in choosing a site, including one that
states it "must be meaningful and useful content that educates,
informs, or entertains" -- very much like its own site. [Scout
- Guide to the Science of the Atmosphere. (I, HS)
- Offered by USAToday.com, this site contains dozens of well-designed
and informative pages about weather. Topics include the sun, wind,
storms, rains, floods, snow, tornadoes, and much more. Each page
usually contains a description and a graphic or animation. [From
Scout Report, May 2, 2002.]
- Intellicast.com: Weather for Active Lives. (G)
- This web site provides extensive specialized weather information to
help plan all outdoor and weather sensitive activities, whether
golfing, sailing, hiking, skiing or relaxing at the beach. Drawing
on the meteorological knowledge of its staff, Intellicast.com now
provides over 250,000 pages of detailed weather information.
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). from U. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (E, I, HS, C)
- Managed by the California Institute of Technology, JPL is NASA's
lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. JPL cameras
and sensors are aboard satellites circling Earth to study the ozone,
oceans and other Earth sciences. The section on the Earth contains
images, multimedia, and missions plus information about air &
ozone, solid Earth, oceans, natural hazards, and weather &
climate. Younger viewers should check out the Kids section.
- KidSpace: Math and Science. from the Internet Public Library. (E, I)
- This web site is a starting point for Internet research. The Air
& Space section allows students to Learn and read about things
in the sky, from planets and stars to airplanes. The Earth Science
section allows students to explore the earth and learn about
volcanos, hurricanes, weather, or how to save the environment.
- National Climatic Data Center. from U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (I, HS, C, G)
- The world's largest active archive of weather data, the NCDC has
long served the Nation as a national resource for climate
information. As climate knows no boundaries, NCDC works closely with
scientists and researchers worldwide.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). (I, HS, C, G)
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducts
research and gathers data about the global oceans, atmosphere,
space, and sun, and applies this knowledge to science and service
that touch the lives of all Americans. The
National Weather Service
is a part of NOAA.
- One Sky, Many Voices. from University of Michigan. (E, I, HS)
- The mission of the One Sky, Many Voices Project is to create
innovative, inquiry-based K-12 weather curricula that utilize current
technologies such as the web for the interactive study of current
weather and air quality.
- The Online Guides: Meteorology. from Dept. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (I, HS, C, G)
- This site contains a collection of web-based instructional modules
that use multimedia technology and the dynamic capabilities of the
web. Resources incorporate text, colorful diagrams, animations,
computer simulations, audio and video to introduce fundamental
concepts in the atmospheric sciences. Selected pages link to
relevant classroom activities and current weather products to
reinforce topics discussed in the modules and allow the user to
apply what has been learned to real-time weather data.
- PBS: Teacher Source. from Public Broadcasting Service.
- Contains 4,000+ free lesson plans and activities. Use quick search
feature to limit by age group and subject area (e.g. High School and
Weather). Click on Search Options (upper right corner) to take
advantage of more search options.
- Science Learning Network (SLN). (E, I)
- The SLN is an online community of educators, students, schools,
science museums and other institutions demonstrating a new model for
inquiry science education. The SLN has recently expanded to include
international members. These new museums are collaborating with the
six founding SLN museums to create new resources for the SLN website.
SLN originated as a three-year, $6.5M project funded by the National
Science Foundation and Unisys Corporation. The project incorporates
inquiry-based teaching approaches, telecomputing, collaboration among
geographically dispersed teachers and classrooms, and Internet/World
Wide Web content resources.
- Web Weather for Kids. (E, I)
- Kids can learn about thunderstorms and tornadoes, hurricanes,
blizzards and winter weather, clouds, weather safety, and much more.
One of the highlights of the site is the interactive Weather
ingredients activity that lets kids explore all of the major weather
components. This includes an interactive activity that allows kids to
see how molecules change their speed based on temperature. This fun
and educational site does a good job of presenting potentially
confusing subjects in an easy-to-understand format that is well
suited for kids.
Source: NSDL Scout report for the physical sciences, v. 2, no. 10, May 16, 2003.
- WINDandSEA: The Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator. from U. S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (HS, C, G)
- This locator was built in response to the many reference questions
that are posed to the NOAA Library and is meant to make Internet
searching more efficient for the NOAA community, the academic
community, other government agencies concerned with oceanic and
atmospheric issues, and the general public. Contains over 1,000
reviews and annotated links to science and policy sites, organized
General | Wild Weather
- Australian Severe Weather. (E, I, HS, C, G)
- Contains vast collection of images, maps and data on Australian
weather, storm news and storm chasing, tropical cyclones, weather
data, bush fires and wild fires, observation techniques, tornadoes,
and video movies and stills. While younger viewers may not be able
to read the text, the number and quality of images are captivating
- Lightning Detection From Space: A Lightning Primer. (I, HS, C, G)
- This primer is a historical essay on lightning research that was
prepared by the Global Hydrology and Climate Center
Lightning Team. The primer describes the characteristics of
lightning and provides information on recent activities in lightning
- Planets & Storms (Video). Discovery Channel School. 2002. (I, HS)
- This two-video set provides an interesting integration of weather and
planetology for future-minded students. Students will be challenged
to relate past and present weather on Earth to future explorations of
Mars and Jupiter. These videos are a good teaching tool for
instructors who want to go beyond the basics.
Source: NSTA Recommends (http://www.nsta.org/recommends/product.asp?id=13308)
- Warren Faidley's Storm Chaser Home Page. (G)
- Has media, commercial, editorial, and public storm chasing
information. Top 5% of all Web Sites Award Winner. Includes great
- Weather Watch Home Page. from Scholastic, Inc. (E, I)
- Weather is wild with hurricanes, winter storms and tornadoes. Learn
more about these events with their Weather Watch activities.
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