Click on the link to go to Lab 3: Climatology Basics. Please print out the handouts before lab.
You will be answering the following questions at the end of the lab and filling out the handouts as you go.
Part 1: Macroscale
Use the information given in the text, graphics, Moving Heat interactive
and videos in this section to answer the following questions. Use the notes that you took on your world climate map and weather and climate timescale chart. Whenever possible, give specific examples. For more in-depth information, view the Climate Reanalyzer site described in the optional extensions below.
- Describe the global patterns of motion of the atmosphere and ocean. List specific examples of global climate drivers.
- What do the atmosphere and ocean currents transport?
- Explain how the ocean and atmosphere are interconnected.
- How would Earth’s weather and climate be different if these currents of air and water did not exist?
Part 2: Mesoscale
Go to the Climate Reanalyzer link and answer the following questions:
- What is the daily average temperature for today?
- What is a temperature anomaly? What is the temperature anomaly for the northern hemisphere?
- Click on “Sea Surface Temperature”. Do the sea surface temperature and average temperature match? Why or why not?
- Does the “Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly” show an above or below average sea surface temperature for the Northern Hemisphere? What about the rest of the world?
Part 3: Microscale
Go to The Weather Underground and answer the following questions:
- What is today’s high and low temperature?
- What is the chance for precipitation?
- Is it forecasted to be warmer or cooler than yesturday?