I. Exploring a Map of Global Winds
Students investigate an animated map of real time global wind data. They explore basic wind variables of speed, direction, rotation, and altitude.
How do winds blow around the Earth? What can you learn about them by using an animated map of real time global wind data? How do you even describe winds that can blow as soft as a summer breeze or with the force of a destructive hurricane? Are winds the same no matter how high they occur in the atmosphere?
In this activity you can explore the basic wind characteristics of wind: speed, direction, rotation, and altitude. You can investigate a jet stream. Some scientists believe these important winds are changing because of climate change. What can you discover about them?
In a related Global Winds activity you can investigate winds in your own area, and relate them to those you find in a map such as this one.
In another Global Winds activity you can locate and track storms (hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons.)