Weather maps Illustrates the meteorological conditions of an area at a specific time Shows what the weather is currently doing Shows what type of weather is expected during the hours and days ahead Source: BOM
How to read a weather map H = high pressure, L = low pressure Isobars are labeled with a number = air pressure (hectopascals) Air pressure is higher near the centre of a high pressure weather system Air pressure is lower near the centre of a low pressure system Isobars that are closely spaced mean strong winds (low pressure systems) Isobars that are spaced far apart indicate calm weather (high pressure systems)
Text High pressure system Calm, light winds Low pressure system Strong winds Rainfall
What to do: Weather map In pairs, choose a weather map Save the image Annotate and locate the following features: High pressure system Low pressure system Air pressure Strong winds Light winds What is the expected weather at your current location (include rainfall)?
Text Video: Satellite images and rain radar images
Satellite and rain radar images Radar (radio detection and ranging) images: Predict when and where precipitation will occur Satellite images: Predict cloud cover Show wind speed Show wind direction
Satellite images Source: BOM
What to do: Satellite images In pairs, choose a satellite image (same date and time as before) Read the observation made by the BOM Note the findings about cloud cover and precipitation What is the weather doing at your current location? Source: BOM
Meteorologist presentation Watch the following video of a Channel 9 news weather presentation What does the presenter talk about? How does the presenter stand? Who does she look at when presenting the weather?
What to do: Meteorologist presentation Make your own weather presentation in pairs Use the weather forecast map and satellite image information Refer to the images throughout the presentation Use a recording device to record the presentation which will be played to the class One of the pair act and the other films for the first half, then swap