Climate Events

This detailed animated map shows global weather and climate events from the beginning of 2009 to the present. As the animation plays, specific events are highlighted to provide context and details for the viewer.

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Teaching Tips

Educators can use this animation to provide an overview of recent global weather events. Educators may want to have students switch off the highlighted events boxes at first to see if students can identify any patterns or events on their own. These are weather events from recent years and cannot be attributed directly to human impacts on the climate system, but they can be used to help illustrate variability and impacts of climate on society. Climate terms, events, and comparisons to weather are not differentiated on this visual, therefore the instructor can develop lessons that use this animation to help students learn climate concepts. Students can research news articles or related videos or images about specific storm events, adding another dimension to the use of this visualization.

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