Write "Meteorologist" on the board.
Can you define this word?
The word "meteorology" comes from two ancient Greek words: meteor, which means "a thing in the air" and "logy", which means "the study of." So meteorology originally meant the study of things in the air above.
Today, a meteorologist is a scientist who studies the atmosphere of a planet, focusing on understanding weather processes and forecasting weather conditions. The scientific definition of weather is "events that occur in the atmosphere of a planet that are caused by the interaction of temperature, air pressure, air, and vapor."
What kinds of information or data does a meteorologist use to give accurate weather forecasts?
What kind of tools do meteorologists use to help them make accurate predictions?
Why are weather forecasts important? Ask students to name various kinds of occupations for which weather forecasts might be essential. Name some activities or situations in which weather forecasts can be useful.
Have you ever wanted to be a meteorologist or wondered how they get their information and make their predictions? Now is your chance. In this activity, you will research the weather conditions for a specific city or town, use your data to prepare a weather forecast for people living there, and present your report to the class.