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These are the latest weather links from

by Fred Bortz, Ph.D. and J. Marshall Shepherd, Ph.D.
(StarWalk Kids Media, 2014)

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Thanks to volunteer Denise Chapman the students of The Brenham Community Center in Texas for telling me about how they used this page and suggesting a link. Even though I couldn't use it, I could tell that they are great Weather Watchers.

To learn more about Doppler radar, you can visit these web pages

For more information on weather satellites plus links to interesting satellite images, visit the GOES project.

Other satellite image pages include:

At many other sites on the world wide web, you can find real-time radar and satellite imagery to help you forecast weather changes in your neighborhood by seeing the weather that is heading your way. You may have to explore those sites a bit to find the data, but exploring them can be both educational and fun. Some of the best sites include the following:

The best on-line locations to find and study surface weather maps are:

Beyond Surface Maps: Weather patterns at the surface usually depend on conditions at higher levels of the atmosphere. Meteorologists also measure wind, pressure, temperature, and moisture patterns at different altitudes. For those, they use radiosondes, special balloons that carry instruments that measure the standard weather variables (pressure, temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction) and send the information back to the ground by radio signals.

This data from sites around the country can be used to create maps similar to surface maps for different levels of the atmosphere. This allows meteorologists to study the effects of upper air phenomena, like the high altitude wind called the "Jet Stream," on the surface weather. You can learn about the Jet Stream in the Weather Basics section of the USA Today on-line weather information pages.

Good sites for finding and studying upper air maps include:

Other NWS Information: All neighborhood weather watchers should keep in touch with their local NWS office. These offices issue weather measurements, special weather statements, and other information that are intended specifically for their local area. Your skill as a neighborhood forecaster will depend on knowing how your measurements compare to those official local measurements. You can visit your area's NWS on-line service through the following sites:

Many of the sites mentioned here, but specifically the National Weather Service and WeatherNet sites, also include a variety of forecast maps and data generated by the weather service's large weather prediction computer models. How do those computer programs use real measurements to produce daily, weekly, and monthly forecasts? Visit NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction page to find out.

Other Useful Web Resources for the Weather Watcher

Weather Stations: Commercially available weather stations range in price from a few dollars to thousands of dollars. If you decide to invest in weather equipment, first check with your parents about how much they are willing to spend. Then shop carefully, and don't buy anything without your parents' approval.

The first step is to show them what you have already done and explain to them why you are ready for better equipment. If you do that right, you may discover that at least one parent is a "weather weenie" just like you.

Weather Stations are also available at many hobby stores, museums, and gift shops. Before you go to a store, you might want to look at the following sites on the world-wide web to see what is available. We aren't endorsing any of these sites, but visiting them will help you understand what weather instruments and software are available in a variety of price ranges to expand or build your weather observatory. (Listed alphabetically)

Weather Organizations

The American Meteorological Society is the largest and most complete professional organization for people in the fields of weather and climate. Through AMS, weather watchers, weather weenies, and weather professionals can find the latest publications and booklets on weather and climate, information on careers in weather or meteorology, information on scholarships, local AMS chapter directories, and many other useful resources.

The National Weather Association is similar to the AMS but is a smaller organization. They serve as a good resource on a variety of weather related topics and issues.

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