Differences Between Climate and Weather

In this activity, students collect weather data over several days or weeks, graph temperature data, and compare the temperature data collected with long-term climate averages from where they live. Understanding the difference between weather and climate and interpreting local weather data are important first steps to understanding larger-scale global climate changes.

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National Center for Atmospheric Research
Activity takes about three class periods and daily measurements throughout a school year. Some additional graphing and measuring materials are needed.

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