Part One – Weather Observation 

Please read the exercise completely before you begin. Also, printing this exercise before you begin will help you in carrying out the exercise. 

1. (16 points) Keep a log of atmospheric conditions for 4 days and record the following information. Find out information from any one of the following sources such as local newspapers, television news, the Weather Channel, or Weather Underground.

  Day One  Day Two  Day Three  Day Four 
Date         
Location         
High Temperature (°F)         
Low Temperature (°F)         
High/Low Difference         
Air Pressure (AP)         
AP Rising or Falling?         
Wind Direction         
Wind Speed (mph)         
Time of Sunrise         
Time of Sunset         
Length of Daylight         

Answer the following questions with regards to the atmospheric observations you made and then complete the temperature conversions below. 

2.  (10 points)  Describe the overall four-day temperature trend.  (Remember that a trend is not an average but a qualitative statement of value over a time period (e.g., increasing, decreasing, oscillating, etc.)

3.  (10 points)  Describe the overall four-day pressure trend.

 4.  (10 points)  Was the wind direction consistent over the four-day period? What pattern did you observe? 

5.  (10 points)  Was the wind speed consistent over the four-day period? If not, what pattern did you observe? 

6.  (10 points)  What pattern did you observe with regards to the amount of daylight over the four-day period?   Are the days getting shorter or longer?  Relate your answer to the hemisphere and season you are currently in.

7. (10 points) What does the study of weather have to do with environmental science? What ways can you think of weather data  being used in an environmental study? 

Part Two – Temperature Conversion 

Temperature can be measured in different scales.  In the U.S. we use the measure temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (F).  Most other countries and many scientists use the Celsius (C) scale.  In the Celsius scale, water boils at 100°C and freezes at 0°C. The formulas for converting from one temperature scale to the other are as follows: 

°F = (9/5 x °C) + 32 and °C = (5/9) x (°F – 32)  

8.  (24 points)  Complete the following calculations and place your answer in the center column below.  Keep track of positive and negative values:

15 degrees Fahrenheit    degrees Celsius   
75 degrees Fahrenheit    degrees Celsius 
32 degrees Fahrenheit    degrees Celsius   
31 degrees Celsius    degrees Fahrenheit 
13 degrees Celsius    degrees Fahrenheit     
 0 degrees Celsius    degrees Fahrenheit 

 

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