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What you need
A range of equipment to measure different elements of weather such as thermometer, barometer, anemometer, hygrometer and rain gauge
Relate the importance of recording the weather accurately over time to work out weather patterns to make forecasts and to assess any changes in climate.
Use a table to list the range of instruments used to measure different elements of weather. An example has been provided for you.
|Instrument||What it measures|
|Barometer||Atmospheric air pressure|
|Hygrometer||Air moisture (dry or damp)|
|Rain gauge||Amount of rain|
|Sunshine recorder||Amount of sunshine|
Assess the weather measuring equipment available at your school. You may have some of the instruments listed in the table, or data logging equipment and a range of probes.
What to do
Introduce the different instruments and how they are used to measure elements of weather.
Arrange to collect daily data using the instruments available to you. Ideally this can be completed over a long period.
If possible, share your results with a school in another region to compare and contrast similarities and differences.
The data can be displayed in tables and graphs using spreadsheets.
Prompt students to think about the weather by asking questions such as:
- In Australia, what information would you need to understand the climate for a particular area?
- What is meant by the term 'drought'? Would a drought along the eastern coast of Australia be the same as a drought in central Australia?
- Explore opinions about how long weather patterns need to be unusual for it to be considered climate change.
Ask students to find out when weather recording began in their town or city.