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Are you interested in finding out more about satellites, meteorology, weather phenomena, and forecasting? Learn about weather, climate, geoscience, and meteorology and discover how weather satellites work, compare weather on the Earth to that of other planets, find out the scientific facts behind weather folklore, and get an introduction to weather forecasting through the links below.
+ Space Place + SciJinks + COMET + NCAR / UCAR + NOAA + Additional Resources
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The Space Place (in English and Spanish) is an award-winning NASA and NOAA site targeting elementary-age students, teachers, and parents. It imparts a rich breadth and depth of space and Earth science and technology content, with GOES and GOES-R playing their parts. It speaks directly to its audience of 8 -11 year olds in a playful and appropriate way and also offers relevant content for educators and adults. The site makes the science of Earth and space exploration approachable and appealing to both aspiring scientists and kids who are just plain curious. It has several classroom activity articles related to weather, as well as downloadable posters and a fun GOES-R activity book for the youngest kids. Check out the links below and visit The Space Place for a full list of activities!
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Uh-oh! Solar indigestion!
Learn about weather on the Sun affects Earth.
How Do Hurricanes Form?
How Do Hurricanes Form?  Hurricanes are called by other names, such as typhoons or cyclones, depending on where they occur. The scientific term for all these storms is tropical cyclone. Only tropical cyclones that form over the Atlantic Ocean or eastern Pacific Ocean are called "hurricanes."
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How Do You Build a Weather Satellite?
How does a satellite stay up in space without falling back to Earth? How is a weather satellite able to take pictures or measure surface temperatures from space? How does a satellite communicate with Earth? These questions and more are answered in the booklet "How Do You Make a Weather Satellite."
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Planet X-treme Weather How is the weather on other planets? Take a weather tour of the solar system!
SpacePlace: Bad (space) weather cancels pigeon races!
Bad (space) weather cancels pigeon races! How does the Earth’s magnetic field affect a homing pigeon’s ability to navigate? Learn how space weather impacts pigeon racing!
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Taking the Search out of Search and Rescue  Satellites can help in rescuing people in emergency situations. Learn more!
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Click to visit the SciJinks web site
SciJinks is the GOES and GOES-R website for middle- and high-school students and educators. It is all about weather, climate, and other Earth science and technology topics, made interesting and easy to understand by games, simple and colorful explanations, fun facts, lots of images, and videos. SciJinks explains the reasons for the seasons, the tides, and other mysteries in colorful "now I get it!" pages. SciJinks also has resources for teachers, downloadable posters, postcards, bookmarks, and more. Check out the links below and visit SciJinks to experience everything the site has to offer!


Storm Surge:
Often when we think of powerful hurricanes, we picture strong winds. But the biggest danger in a hurricane is not always damage from strong wind, it’s often from storm surge.
Weather Forged by Fire: Wildfires can create their own wind system! Learn how firestorms form and how they can be detected and monitored from space.
What is the Coriolis Effect? It affects weather patterns, it affects ocean currents and it even affects air travel. Learn more about this phenomenon.
Why Does the
Sun Have Temper
The sun is the worst place in the solar system when it comes to stormy weather. Learn all about the solar cycle, solar flares and coronal mass ejections.
The California Drought It’s the worst drought in 1,200 years. How do we monitor drought and what can we do?
A Brief History of Lightning Detection
The first lightning detector made the invention of the radio possible. Lightning and radio may sound like unrelated concepts but they are more similar than you might think.
What is El Niño?
El Niño is a weather pattern that occurs in the Pacific Ocean, but it is so big it affects weather all over the world. Learn about El Niño conditions and how we can take the ocean’s temperature from space!
El Niño and Lightning
El Niño conditions affect more than just clouds and rainfall. Scientists have discovered that increased lightning and even tornado activity go along with El Niño.
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What Causes Lightning and Thunder?  
Learn how lightning strikes, what causes thunder, and see what lightning looks like from space!
What is a Lake-Effect Snow?
What is Lake-Effect Snow?
Why do areas near big lakes get so much snow?
What is a Polar Vortex?
What is a Polar Vortex?
And how does it cause such a freeze?
What is a Derecho? How do these strong winds form? Why are they so destructive?
What's a Derecho?  How do these strong winds form? Why are they so destructive?
What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?
Learn how climate differs from weather
Why Do Satellites Have Different Orbits?
Whats the Difference between Fog and Clouds?
Both fog and clouds are formed when water vapor condenses or freezes to form tiny droplets or crystals in the air. So why are they two different things?
Why Do Satellites Have Different Orbits?
Why Do Satellites Have Different Orbits?
Learn how geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites work together to monitor Earth’s weather, climate, and the environment.


GOES-R Animated Videos
Two new animations, I’m GOES-R and Getting GOES-R to Orbit tell the story of the GOES-R satellite. Learn about all the new things GOES-R will do and follow the satellite’s travels from construction to orbit. I’m GOES-R and Getting GOES-R to Orbit downloadable posters are also available.
SciJinks in a Snap: Lightning
What’s the deal with crackling and flashing clouds? This animation explains lightning and how the GOES-R series satellites will better monitor in-cloud lightning to help alert people to dangerous and intensifying storms. A downloadable poster is also available.
The sun isn’t only a burning ball of immensely hot gas. It’s a burning ball of immensely hot gas with a temper! This animation explains space weather and how the GOES-R series satellites will help monitor it. A downloadable is also available.
Stormy Space Weather
The sun isn’t only a burning ball of immensely hot gas. It’s a burning ball of immensely hot gas with a temper! This animation explains space weather and how the GOES-R series satellites will help monitor it. A downloadable poster is also available.
Space Weather Gallery
Gallery of Space Weather: Collection of space weather images
Gallery of Clouds:Clouds in a few of their limitless forms.
Gallery of Volcanoes: Seen from space, volcanoes yield many of their secrets
Gallery of Weather: Never boring, never the same twice, weather keeps it real.
SciJinks School Year Calendar
This calendar remembers some of the world’s worst weather!
SciJinks School Year Calendar
Link to Calendar
Fog and Low Clouds: Using Satellite Data to Improve Transportation Safety
This great resource for students explains fog and low stratus clouds, how they form, and how weather satellites can accurately detect fog from space, improving transportation safety. The poster also includes an activity to make fog in a bottle, plus discussion questions and a link to answers.
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Poster (front)
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Poster (back)


Satellite Controller: Imagine controlling a satellite orbiting earth. Much like a remote-controlled airplane, you send messages and tell  it what to do. That’s what weather satellite controller Tom Boyd gets to do every day.

Smooth Flying: Mike Eckert is a National Aviation Meteorologist. He provides weather information to the Federal Aviation Administration, airlines and pilots. National Aviation Meteorologist focus on weather that will impact planes in the sky as well as those about to take off or land.

How Do You Become an Air Force Meteorologist?
In this installment of Wild Weather Jobs, Meteorology student and Air Force Recruit Britta Gjermo explains how she’s preparing to become an Air Force weather officer. After completing her training, Gjermo will be responsible for putting together weather briefings for training missions and possibly even actual military operations.
Can Meteorologists Help Fight Wildfires?
In this installment of Wild Weather Jobs, incident meteorologist Lisa Kriederman explains how she uses her expertise to help firefighters, emergency planners and residents stay as safe as possible during a wildfire.
How do Satellites Help Save Lives?
How do Satellites Help Save Lives?
In this installment of Wild Weather Jobs, SARSAT Search and Rescue Specialist Christopher Eddy explains how he uses distress signals to organize and oversee search and rescue attempts. Learn how satellites like GOES-R play an important role in search and rescue efforts.
Keeping a Watchful Eye on Dangerous Ice
Keeping a Watchful Eye on Dangerous Ice  In this installment of Wild Weather Jobs, Chief Scientist for the National Ice Center, Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colón uses his expertise as an oceanographer to provide analysis and forecasts about dangerous ice conditions anywhere in the ocean as well as global snow cover on land.
What's it Like Being a Broadcast Meteorologist?
In this installment of Wild Weather Jobs, Carrie Rose of Richmond's CBS 6 TV explains a day in the life of a broadcast meteorologist.


Rainbow Simulator: See how angles and distances affect your view of rainbows.

Precipitation Simulator: Make it rain and snow! Set the air temperature and dew point in different altitude and see what type of precipitation will fall to the ground.

Simulate a Tornado:
See this destructive force in action.

Simulate a Hurricane: Explore the relationship between sea surface temperature and hurricane strength.

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click to visit the COMET website
The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training (COMET) Program supports, enhances, and stimulates the communication and application of scientific knowledge of the atmospheric and related sciences for the operational and educational communities. In addition to forecaster training modules, the program has a variety of resources for use in teaching geosciences to K-12 students.
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Climate Change: Fitting the Pieces Together: Fitting the PiecesTogether: This module discusses climate change, particularly as it is currently being affected by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases emitted by human activities. It also covers signs of climate change, how scientists study climate, the current thinking on future changes, and what can be done to minimize the effects.
Understanding the Hydrologic Cycle
Understanding the Hydrologic Cycle: This module helps students gain a basic understanding of the elements of the hydrologic cycle. Making use of illustrations, animations, and interactions, this module examines the basic concepts of the hydrologic cycle including water distribution, atmospheric water, surface water, groundwater, and snowpack/snowmelt.
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Hurricane Strike!:  Designed primarily for middle school students and funded by FEMA and the NWS, this module creates a scenario to frame learning activities that focus on hurricane science and safety. Versions are also available for hearing, motor, and visually impaired students, as well as Spanish-speaking.
Remote Sensing Using Satellites, 2nd Edition
Remote Sensing Using Satellites, 2nd Edition: In this MetEd module, learn about remote sensing in general and then more specifically about how it is done from satellites. The module focuses on the visible and infrared channels, those commonly seen on television broadcasts. Come explore the view of Earth from space and see what we see. The suggested audience for this module is high school and undergraduate students.
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click to visit the NCAR website
click to visit the NCAR website
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) offer a range of educational resources, programs, and events to support teachers and students. Learning resources include activities, curriculum modules, video clips, educational games, interactive simulations, and a variety of web pages with background info on weather, climate, the atmosphere, Sun and space weather, computer modeling, and Earth system science.
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This collection of resources includes information on weather basics, air pressure, wind, atmosphere, humidity, cloud formation, the water cycle, and specifics on severe weather.
Sun and Space Weather
Sun and Space Weather:
This collection of resources includes information about the Sun and Space Weather, including Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections.
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Earth’s Atmosphere:  Learn about the Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, Thermosphere and Exosphere and explore the atmosphere through interactive games.
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This collection of resources defines climate and explains climate change and how it impacts earth.
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NOAA Education Resources  provide information for students from K-12 as well as undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of weather, climate change and our planet, oceans and coasts, and satellites and space.  A collection of resources is listed below and includes multimedia, lessons and activities, data and background information. Visit NOAA Education to explore all resources available.
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Hurricanes: This collection focuses on education resources about hurricane science, dangers, safety, and preparedness.
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El Nino:  Education resources about the characteristics, measurements, and impacts of El Nino, La Nina and ENSO.
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Space Weather  
Education resources about space weather forecasting and related solar events.
Weather Observations
Weather Observations
This Collection provides educational resources and lesson plans that will support educators as they teach about daily weather observations, measurements and forecasts. The collection includes resources on weather data, weather station instrumentation, satellites, radar, weather maps, cloud charts, severe weather and weather safety
Weather Systems and Patterns
This collection highlights the patterns and major factors that influence global weather systems. Educational resources help build understanding of how these global systems link to regional and local weather. Includes information on global winds, pressure systems, jetstreams, and weather fronts.
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Additional Resources

image: SAM logo   Student Activities in Meteorology (SAM) I and SAM II: Information and educational activities in meteorology, climatology, ocean, and space science. Activities are designed for middle schoolers (6 - 8), but are usable for grades 4 and 12. The topics are designed so that students use trend-setting scientific research and cutting edge technology to learn the processes of science - data collecting, graphing, analyzing, predicting, etc., as well as information, principles, and concepts of science.
image:  earth with satellite   CIMSS Satellite Meteorology for Grades 7-12: Meteorology is an excellent topic to introduce middle and high school students to geoscience, physics, chemistry and applied mathematics.
image:  SOS logo   Science On a Sphere TM (SOS): A large visualization system that uses computers and video projectors to display animated data onto the outside of a sphere. SOS is an animated globe that can show dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, oceans, and land of a planet. NOAA primarily uses SOS as an education and outreach tool to describe the environmental processes of Earth.
image:  NOAA Education logo   NASA Education Resources:  Information for students from K-12 as well as undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of air, space, the universe, technology, engineering, mathematics, and NASA missions.
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