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If you're interested in Rhode Island weather, try these links:
Click here for current weather information for Providence at the Weather Channel. Be sure to scroll down for Sun and Moon information.
View current looping radar from Intellicast.com
Check the 7 day weather forecast for Rhode Island from WeatherNet 10
Calculate the Sunrise, Sunset Times for Providence
Find out tide information for all of Rhode Island
Check the pollen forecast for any zip code in the US!
Current US Weather Maps
Click here for complete national maps at the Weather Channel
Use this national infrared map from The Sun-Sentinel to investigate current conditions.
Click here to visit the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center
Earthguide and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography designed an interactive tool to investigate the atmosphere
This NASA site also allows you to see the relationship between altitude, air pressure and temperature
What is the Aurora Borealis? Find out at this self-guided tour from the Exploratorium
Jan Curtis' site is filled with wonderful photos of the Aurora Borealis.
Air Pressure and Air Pressure Systems
Check out how air pressure affects basketballs at this site
What's an isobar? Find out at the University of Illinois!
Once you've learned about isobars, see current air pressure readings at the University of Illinois
Unisys offers a color-coded isobar map. Can you find the high and low pressure areas?
Where do baseballs go farther? New York or Denver? (Hint: It has something to do with air pressure.)
Ozone (both ground level and stratospheric)
Read all about the current state of stratospheric ozone at The Ozone Hole
Rhode Island's Dept. of Environmental Management provides information on ground level ozone
View the 3 day Air Quality Forecast at Rhode Island's DEM website
Investigate New England ozone conditions at this EPA site. Be sure to click on "Today's AQI Animation".
Find out about ground level ozone (smog) at Smog City
The American Lung Association provides air quality information on individual states.
What's the difference between the greenhouse effect and global warming?
The BBC has an animation to help you understand the greenhouse effect
Here's another animation of the greenhouse effect from the BBC
Find out about Global Climate Change at the EPA's (Environmental Protection Agency) Kids Site
Here's the Climate Change Site at the EPA
Use this "Scavenger Hunt on Hurricanes" to learn all about these monster storms!
Hurricanes use warm water as "fuel". Check out current sea-surface water temperatures at Weather Underground.
Need a hurricane tracking map? Here's one from NOAA
The National Hurricane Center allows you to build a hurricane at "Create-A-Cane"
The National Hurricane Center also has a site that allows you to "Aim a Hurricane"
AccuWeather has a great interactive hurricane tracker. Historical tracks can be accessed down the right hand column
USATODAY has an animation of tornado formation. Be sure to view the safety tips which explain why overpasses are dangerous!
The BBC also has an animation on tornado formation. Check out the last slide on the Fujita scale.
This explanation of tornado formation from Prentice-Hall may be more difficult for middle-schoolers to understand.
Be sure to use this information on tornadoes at the Whyfiles site
The National Geographic website has interesting footage of what happens inside a tornado.
USAToday provides a nice explanation of the new Enhanced Fujita Scale for tornadoes.
The National Weather Service provides monthly statistics dating back to 2004 on tornadoes
View an animation of land and sea breezes from McDougal Littell
The City University of New York has an excellent animation of global winds
Air Masses and Fronts
Review air masses at this interactive site from WeatherWise
This illustration from JetStream shows the source regions for all the different types of air masses.
Click here for an animation of a cold front from the University of Illinois.
Click here for an animation of a warm front from the University of Illinois.
Use this Jeopardy game to practice for your air mass and fronts quiz
Heat and Energy Transfer
This BBC site provides a clear explanation of conduction, convection and radiation
This CoolCosmos site from NASA may also help to explain conduction, convection and radiation
While at CoolCosmos, check out these "cool" pictures of objects giving off infrared heat
Fox Valley Technical College has a great animation of heat transfer
This quick, little activity from Harcourt School Publishers will help reinforce the concepts of conduction, convection and radiation
The Water Cycle and Humidity
Click here to see an informative animation of the water cycle presented by the EPA
Use this link to see Earthguide's animation of the water cycle.
Check current conditions on this US Drought Monitor Map
Step through this presentation to learn all about acid rain
View the effects of acid rain on Acid Lake
Miscellaneous (but interesting) sites:
Use this Interactive Storm Maker from Scholastic to create all types of rainstorms and blizzards!
What time is it in Istanbul? Use the World Clock to find out!
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