Background (from the PBS NewsHour Extra website)
Hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes, and other extraordinary weather events have been a big part of the news headlines in the U.S. for months. With a record number of named hurricanes and tropical storms and killer tornadoes striking in November, many are asking, “What’s up with the weather?” The winter forecast for much of the U.S. calls for above normal temperatures, with some areas experiencing a winter with temperatures as high as 20 or more degrees above normal. Looking at past weather patterns, weather cycles, and what causes these patterns and cycles can help students understand more about the type of weather events we are experiencing and what is contributing to what many consider to be unusual weather and maybe even a change in the world’s climate.
Check your answers to the Weather Quiz you took in class today.
Choosing one of the links in the answer key to the Weather Quiz, investigate the topic further, posting a comment below about what new information you have learned as a result of your initial research.
POST SCRIPT: The first link on the Weather Quiz Key was broken when I checked at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, but I searched the NOAA site, and found this awesome “Climate Literacy” Resource. Even Better!