STORM Project

Grade Level

Gr. 9; Gr. 10; Gr. 11; Gr. 12; Gr. Secondary

Document Type

Activities and Labs


Environmental science--Experiments; Ecology--Experiments; Atmospheric physics--Experiments;


Objectives:Students learn how hourly weather data is plotted on a meteogram, and how to interpret the data. They will relate meteogram data to surface weather maps.

National Science Education Standards: As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of: abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, properties and changes of properties in matter, understandings about science and technology, and structure of the earth system.

As a result of their activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop an understanding of Energy in the earth System: The sun is the major external source of energy; Heating of earth’s surface and atmosphere by the sun drives convection within the atmosphere and oceans, producing winds and ocean currents; Global climate is determined by energy transfer from the sun at and near the earth’s surface. This energy transfer is influenced by dynamic processes such as cloud cover, the earth’s rotation, and static conditions such as the position of mountain ranges and oceans.


Department of Earth Science


STORM Project - Science Center for Teaching, Outreach, and Research on Meteorology


Level 2 Weather Activities:

  • Activity 1: Reading Universal Time
  • Activity 2: Drawing Isotherms
  • Activity 3: Structure of the Atmosphere
  • Activity 4: Winds Around Highs and Lows
  • Activity 5: Fronts
  • Activity 6: Mid-Latitude Cyclones
  • Activity 7: Precipitation Patterns
  • Activity 8: Drawing Isobars
  • Activity 9: Air Pressure and Weather
  • Activity 10: Decoding METAR Data
  • Activity 11: Reading and Using Meteograms
  • Activity 12: Upper Air Plots

Original Date


Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.



File Format