How’s the Weather? Extreme Weather Report Due: ___________________________ Days in Class to work on: B: 1/31, 2/4, 2/10 and 2/19; A: 2/3, 2/5, 2/11 and 2/20 Directions: Each group of students will be asked to create a simulated 5-day weather forecast from a different region of the world. The report must be based off of actual recorded data and weather phenomena that have recently occurred. Each student in your group will be responsible for a role in your broadcast. Procedure: Each weather group will consist of 4-6 students. Each member will have at least two roles (see jobs below). You will need to familiarize yourself with the weather vocabulary that will be used during your broadcast. 1. Choose a region to research. Select a region with characteristics that make it unique (try to select one that recently experienced an extreme weather event). 2. Choose a major city within that region to research weather patterns/climate. 3. Create a weather report. Your presentation can be recorded or a live presentation. Your report must include the following components: a. Daily Weather Report: Your daily report must include a large weather map for the class to see. It may be necessary to make more than one. The weather map must be appropriate to your region and include: - Pressure systems - Temperatures and Humidity - Weather Fronts and Precipitation - Air Quality Report. Must include at least 3 criteria pollutants measured, the color and what it means, and any recommended actions for the day b. Five Day Forecast: This segment shows the predicted five day weather forecast. This segment usually includes any extreme weather, temperature highs/lows and precipitation/cloud cover for the next five days. c. Extreme Weather Event: Your region is experiencing some form of extreme weather event. In order to inform your audience, you will need to explain how your severe weather forms and describe how to prepare and take precautions against it. Charts and graphs may be helpful here. It must be relative to the area you chose. Don’t make up weather events – we’ve had enough weird weather recently. d. Human Interest Story on Climate Change: Your presentation must include a news story that focuses on climate change and how it impacts our lives. To conduct this piece it may be useful to hold interviews, travel to various off site locations, or use any other methods to tell an interesting weather story. 4. The weather broadcasters must explain the information on the weather maps so that a uniformed audience would understand. It is important that all your components make sense (example: low pressure is associated with cloud cover). Your weather forecast must be appropriate to the area you choose – don’t say Virginia is experiencing a heat wave this month! 5. Overall presentation times should be between 3-5 minutes. Cap time of 8 minutes. Presentation: TV broadcasters often have news anchors in the studio, meteorologists that depict the maps, and correspondents in the field. A good idea would be to watch the local weather forecasts at night to get some ideas about how to make your broadcast as real as possible. You can add other components into your report only if you have done everything else first and are under the time limit! Supplies: You will have access to flip cameras but only on school property. You will be able to use the Promethean board during your presentation (live – use PowerPoint, if filmed it must open on a school computer). You will be able to use Moviemaker, Audacity, and any of the school software. YouTube is not reliable at school, make sure your clip can open here if you use it. Jobs: - News Anchors (2) __________________________________________ - Meteorologists (1-2) _________________________________________ - Drawing the maps or obtaining the graphics (2-3) ______________________________________________________________________ - Extreme weather (2) ____________________________________________ - Human Interest piece on climate change (2) _____________________________________ - Camera person? (1) _____________________________________ Useful Resources: - Weather Underground: wunderground.com - Air Now: airnow.gov - The Weather Channel: weather.com - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: noaa.gov - Accuweather – How do Meteorologists Make a Weather Forecast? http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/how-do-meteorologists-makeforecast/4716627 Other: - Be Neat/Creative - Enthusiastic and Professional - School Appropriate “The storm starts, when the drops start dropping. When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.” ~ Dr. Seuss Getting Started Climate: Climate Region: ______________________________________________ Location: ____________________________________________ Typical Weather Patterns: Common Plants/Animals/Terrain: Common Activities/Hobbies that are done in the area: Daily Weather Prediction: Where are the high-pressure systems? ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Where are the low-pressure systems? _______________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Which way will the wind blow? _____________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ How fast will the wind blow? _______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Where will the weather fronts be? What kind will they be? _______________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ What will the cloud cover be like? What type of clouds would be associated with the front that is passing? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ How will this be shown on the map? _________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ What type of clouds would be associated with the front that is passing? _____________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ What will the humidity be like? _____________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ What will the AQI be? Criteria Pollutants Measured _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ Calculated Air Quality Index Number _________________ _________________ _________________ Color: ______________________ Words: ________________________________________________ Due to: _____________________ Action for the Day: ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Five Day Weather Report: What will the weather most likely be like for the next five days? ___________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ What will the high and low temperatures be? __________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ What will the cloud cover/precipitation be? ____________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Extreme Weather Event: What type of extreme weather is your region experiencing? ______________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ What causes this type of weather to occur? ___________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ What are the dangers? ___________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ What are some precautions that can be taken? ________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ How long with this weather event last? _______________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Where can viewers follow up to get more information? __________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Human Interest Story on Climate Change Your group needs to decide if they believe climate change is occurring. Once you know the angle of your story you will need to decide how to present this piece. What will your story be? Who will you interview?