Weather and Climate Change — Period Two (Caroline, Katie, Julia)

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!

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3 thoughts on “Weather and Climate Change — Period Two (Caroline, Katie, Julia)

  1. According to http://usgovinfo.about.com/cs/technology/a/climatestudy.htm , industrial emissions have been the dominant influence behind climate change for the past 50 years. Carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas that warms the planet, is one of the most important of these emissions. These greenhouse gases are examples of human behaviors that play a large factor in the global climate. Heat waves, droughts, extreme precipitation events, wildfires, and vegetation changes are results of these changes.

  2. http://www.pbs.org/strangedays/episodes/onedegreefactor/care/others.html. The website above tells us about the effects of climate change on our immediate lives. We need to commit to helping the environment because we could run into future problems like generation-long droughts, thousands of animal species dying out, no winter sports, and even forests being wiped out. The website explains that the time to act is NOW, while we have a chance at changing this future that we are certain to have in the next few years.

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