Lessons 3: Long-term Weather
Climate is the aggregate of the long-term weather for a given area. Temperature is one factor that determines the climate for that region. You’ll investigate whether temperature changes or remains the same over a long period of time. Bundle up and start collecting your weather data.
Doing the science
- Start the Weather/Climate simulation.
- Click the "Spin" button.
- A red icon indicates an increase in temperature of 0.1 ºF. A blue icon indicates a decrease in temperature of 0.1 ºF.
- Look at the bottom right of the screen and find where it says "ClimateChangeCalc." The box directly above the word "Climate" reports the net change in temperature over the thirty-year period. A red outline around the box indicates an increase in temperature, and a blue outline indicates a decrease in temperature. A green outline indicates that there was no change in temperature. Record this point on the graph below.
- To speed the spin rate up, click on the green "Faster" icon next to the "Spin" button.
- Click the "Spin" button again. On a piece of graph paper, copy the graph below. Then, read and record the 30-year net change in temperature in the graph.
- Repeat step 6 until you have collected 600 years of data (20 spins).