What Is the Climate of Our Community?
• On your master for this activity page, draw a simple graph with an x-axis and y-axis that students can use to create a bar graph. Label the y-axis “Inches” and mark intervals of 10, from 0 to 60. Label the x-axis with the months “January” and “July.”
Alternatively, draw a model bar graph on the board and ask students to draw their own on the page.
• A good place to find the needed data is at the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Web site. You might walk students through the steps in the process of finding the information they need there.
2. Choose a state. Select “Climatologies” and click on “Submit.”
3. Highlight your city or the one nearest to yours. Then highlight the
“Variable” you want. Use “Mean Temperature” for Step 1; “Precipitation” for Step 2.
4. Change “Type of climatology” to “Monthly.” “Type of output” should be
“Mean.” No other fields need to be filled.
5. Click on “Submit.” Offer help with reading the line graphs as needed.
• Other good Web sites for weather and climate information include these:
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