Measuring the Weather
Objective: To be able to draw, describe and explain the use and siting of the following instruments at a weather station: rain gauge, maximum-minimum thermometer, wet and dry bulb thermometer (hygrometer), barometer, anemometer and wind vane.
Starter: Make a note of the two definitions below in your book/software.
Weather: The current state of the atmosphere in regards to temperature, cloud cover, wind speed and direction, precipitation, humidity etc.
Climate: The average (general/normal) weather conditions that a region or country experiences. Climate is averaged over a number of years.
Task 1 - Why is recording and understanding the weather important? Make a list of the different groups of people whose lives are closely linked to the weather.
name the weather recording equipment
Above are a range of images of the different weather instruments that were stated in the lesson objective. Click on each one to enlarge. Which ones can you name and what aspect of weather do they measure?
Task 2 - Use the worksheet above to complete the tasks as set out
The Greenfield Geography Wiki for iGCSE Geography might help you. Click here to access it.
Stevenson Screen & Weather - A Stevenson Screen is often used to collect weather data from many different sites. The nearest one to us in on the roof of IST above reception!
Task 3 - Watch the student-made video above right and annotate the key features of the Stevensons Screen onto the second page of your worksheet. Don't forget to include information on:
1. Design features (colour, gaps, above ground etc)
2. Where they should be sited
3. What equipment you generally find inside.
Add a header and footer with your name on, before spell checking and printing the work out to hand to your teacher.