Tomorrow’s weather today

Forecasting looks simple, when we check for weather updates via an app or watch the highlights as part of news broadcast. But this is only what we see, there is an enormous amount of behind the scenes work for this to happen. Being able to develop accurate forecasts is essential in parts of the world as this can help with emergency planning and resource allocation.

This activity gives everyone the chance to create their own weather forecast from real life examples ad find out just how tricky this can be. A split screen television will be used to show how forecasts are created as people try to make their own forecasts and see what actually resulted from these predictions.

Key learning will be to understand that there are several different data types that all contribute to making a weather forecast. What they are will depend on where in the world the forecast is being made but will typically include, a radar rain map, temperature and wind measurements. Also about the level of uncertainty that weather forecasts contain and how this changes with time (i.e. the longer away the more uncertainty).

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