2019 Science Olympiad: Meteorology
Science Olympiad is a national STEM competition dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing interest and engagement in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by students and teachers. Science Olympiad tournaments emphasize teamwork, problem solving, and hands-on learning practices. For more information about Science Olympiad, visit www.soinc.orgoffsite link. Here, we share resources from NOAA and our federal partners.
JetStream has comprehensive information on a variety of meteorology and atmospheric science topics, including atmospheric circulation, upper air charts, skew-T/log-P diagrams, thunderstorm types, Doppler radar, satellites, and more. The NOAA Cloud Chart includes clear photographs of many different cloud types.
The National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center (WPC) is part of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. The WPC provides weather maps and analyses and predictions related to surface weather, including fronts and potential for excessive rainfall and winter weather.
SciJinks features information, illustrations, and learning tools for many different weather topics! The module on how to read weather maps may be particularly helpful to Science Olympiad students, as well as the information on nor’easters and cloud types.
The NOAA-sponsored MetEd program provides structured education and training resources related to meteorology and other topics at a variety of difficulty levels. Through the Education & Training portal, you can browse courses by topic, including coastal weather, fire weather, hydrology and flooding, radar meteorology, satellite meteorology, and winter weather.
The American Meteorological Society provides weather and weather education information for all audiences, including students, parents, and teachers. An extensive list of resources covers many aspects of meteorology and atmospheric science.
This web site from UCAR’s Center for Science Education hosts links to games and simulations to help Science Olympiad students learn interactively about weather. One activityoffsite link allows for the modification of atmospheric conditions to determine when a storm will form.
The Active Fire Mapping Program is an operational, satellite-based fire detection and monitoring program managed by the USDA Forest Service Geospatial Technology and Applications Center (GTAC). The program provides real-time detection and characterization of wildland fire conditions for all 50 United States and Canada.