Thursday, January 23, 2014

Exploring Fronts and Clouds

This week, we are continuing our work with weather.  We identified fronts at the location where two air masses meet.  Students acted out out the four fronts we are studying using red and blue goggles to represent the cold and warm air masses.  Can you identify the front demonstrated in this picture?

Students demonstrate an occluded front (where a warm air mass is "occluded" between two cold air masses).  Occluded fronts can bring strong winds and heavy precipitation.  

In addition to talking about fronts, we are looking at the different types of clouds and the weather weather associated with each.  While only being able to identify cirrus, cumulus, cumulonimbus, and stratus clouds is required, I challenge you to identify the many other types of clouds you can find in the sky.  Use the following online activity to help you do so.

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