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Meteorology

Ice storm or blizzard? Sunny day or heat wave? Trying to predict the weather is just one part of meteorology and atmospheric sciences.

Take a closer look at the tools meteorologists use to observe, model, explain, and — sometimes correctly, other times not — predict weather systems.

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Make Your Own Weather Station

Make Your Own Weather Station

Want to see how well you can predict the weather? Use these step-by-step guides to build a barometer, hygrometer, rain gauge, weather vane, anemometer, and more. More...

Activity
The Franklin Institute
Weather Wizards

Weather Wizards

Do cows really lie down when bad weather is coming? Can people feel an approaching storm in their bones? Watch as Mari and Lindsey put four weather folk legends to the test. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Cool Jobs: Planetary Meteorologist

Cool Jobs: Planetary Meteorologist

Partly cloudy with a chance of methane, expect winds at 800 mph and a high of -200°F? Forget the weather here on Earth, this meteorologist's job is out of this world. More...

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Discovery
Weather Patterns

Weather Patterns

Take a closer look at the elements of weather — air pressure and temperature, humidity, precipitation, fronts, and more. Then see how these elements contribute to severe weather events. More...

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Discovery
Winter Storms Timeline

Winter Storms Timeline

Check out a storm that blew cows from one pasture to another, a winter that dumped more than 132 inches of snow on the Dakotas, and other history-making blizzards with this interactive timeline. More...

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Scholastic
5 Myths About Weather Forecasting

5 Myths About Weather Forecasting

What weather information can you trust? Why is forecasting rain harder than forecasting the temperature? What about long-range forecasts — are they even possible? Get these answers and more. More...

Article
The Washington Post
El Nino to La Nina

El Nino to La Nina

The warm waters of El Nino quickly cooled in 2010, giving way to a strong La Nina. See some of the weather disasters this change brought about. More...

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AMNH
How Do You Make a Weather Satellite?

How Do You Make a Weather Satellite?

What's the weather forecast for today? Chances are the information came from a weather satellite. Get the details and some activities. More...

Article
USA.gov
How Moon Dust Could Improve Weather Predictions On Earth

How Moon Dust Could Improve Weather Predictions On Earth

John Lane, a physicist at the Kennedy Space Center, was trying to find the best way to track lunar dust when he discovered a new way to measure the size of raindrops. More...

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Popular Science
Meteorology

Meteorology

People have been trying to predict the weather for hundreds of years. Take a look at the origins of meteorology. Then explore the many fields of science and engineering it encompasses today. More...

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Grolier Online
New Technology Allows Better Extreme Weather Forecasts

New Technology Allows Better Extreme Weather Forecasts

Take a look at the enhanced radars, satellites, supercomputers, and other tools NOAA researchers and engineers are using to forecast extreme weather. More...

Article
Scientific American
Scientist Profile: Hurricane Researcher

Scientist Profile: Hurricane Researcher

As a boy, Jason Dunion often tape-recorded himself as a weather person going after nasty storms. Now, as a researcher for NOAA's Hurricane Division, he flies directly into the center of hurricanes! More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Scientist Profile: Meteorologist

Scientist Profile: Meteorologist

Along with being a professor of meteorology, Howie Bluestein is an expert "stormchaser" who has actually flown directly into the eyes of 6 different hurricanes! More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Scientist Profile: Weather Scientist

Scientist Profile: Weather Scientist

Robbie Hood is a hurricane huntress — aka weather scientist — for NASA. Her main job is studying the birth of hurricanes, so people on land can prepare for the storm. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
The First Lady of Tropical Meteorology

The First Lady of Tropical Meteorology

Dr. Joanne Simpson has had an incredible career. The first woman to earn a Ph.D. in meteorology, she helped figure out what drives hurricanes and develop the first cloud models. More...

Profile
Discovery
Understanding Weather Radar

Understanding Weather Radar

Here's a guide to understanding the splotches, bands, and weird shapes that appear on weather forecasters' radar screens. More...

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USA Today
What’s It Take to Be a Meteorologist?

What’s It Take to Be a Meteorologist?

Besides predicting local weather, what do meteorologists do? What education do they need? Think you know the answers? Check your knowledge with this quiz. More...

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Discovery

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