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What Will Tomorrow Bring?

 

"Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailors delight."

Some people are able to look at the sky and make accurate weather predictions; however, it is difficult to always be correct. It is hard to know what the weather will be like today or the rest of the week.

 

Try It!

Use your tools of observation – eyes and ears – to try to predict the weather.

 

MAKE PREDICTIONS:

  1. Make your observations each day using your senses.
  2. Record what you observe. You can write something as simple as, “It feels like rain.”
  3. Make your prediction.
  4. On the next day indicate if whether you were right or wrong.
  5. Complete a table like this one for one week. Be sure to mark whether your prediction was right or wrong.
Date
Observed Weather (wind, clouds, temperature)
Predicted Weather for tomorrow
Were you right?
Yes
No
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
 

ANALYSIS:

  • How many times were you right? Wrong?
  • If you were ever wrong, what did the weather do that surprised you?
  • What can you do to create a more accurate prediction?
 
In the next activity, you will use some of the meteorologist’s tools you’ve built to make another set of predictions. Be sure to keep this set so you can compare!
 

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Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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