Weather maps

Data come in many forms, as do their representations. The page which contains the weather data is one of the richest in the newspaper. Temperatures from around the world, the country and the state (maxima and minima) provide many opportunities for graphing and working out summary statistics. This can be done over a period of time and trends noted. The weather maps themselves with highs, lows, isobars and fronts convey other information.

The maps given here represent a 7-day period. Students working on a weather unit in science could combine it with graphing work in mathematics, interpreting the weather maps from the newspaper and creating their own from the other data (particularly at the upper primary or middle school level).

Collecting weather maps for a few days (or printing the ones here) makes possible the creation of a small "flip book" where changes in weather patterns can be seen as fronts move through.

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