Climate Prediction Center

This National Weather Service interactive visualization includes outlook maps for different types weather predictions. The map includes temperature and precipitation predictions for up to 3 months out, as well as predictions for tropical hazards, weather hazards, and drought. Further data is easily accessed.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Educators will have to make the connection between weather patterns and climate change. The visualizations are for current weather trends. This makes it easy to relate these maps to current news reports.

If educators are teaching a unit on weather and climate, they could use this site to track changes and predictions in weather over the time of the unit.

Guide students to hover over the 'temperature' or 'precipitation' links under each category and the map will change. Clicking on the category itself will open a web page containing data about that aspect of climate prediction.