Doppler Radar, Satellites, and Computer Models: The Science of Weather Forecasting

Doppler Radar, Satellites, and Computer Models: The Science of Weather Forecasting

by Paul Fleisher
     
 

How do scientists predict the weather What tools and instruments help them make forecasts How far in advance can they make good predictions Weather forecasting is a tricky science. Forecasters gather current weather data and study trends and historical patterns. They use their expertise to predict what kind of weather is likely coming next—with help from

Overview

How do scientists predict the weather What tools and instruments help them make forecasts How far in advance can they make good predictions Weather forecasting is a tricky science. Forecasters gather current weather data and study trends and historical patterns. They use their expertise to predict what kind of weather is likely coming next—with help from computers, satellites, and other machines. In this fact-packed book, discover what it really takes to forecast Earth's weather.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - James Rutkowski
This is an excellent book for the young students of meteorology or for the casual reader who would like to understand the science of weather forecasting. The author uses three basic questions to guide the reader through the process of forecasting the weather. One: what are the current conditions? Two: how is the weather changing? Three: what are the weather patterns for that area? The first half of the book examines the collection of data through the National Weather Service, radar, weather balloons, and satellites. The data collected is than used to develop a weather map and the author details how the map is constructed, the use of isotherm lines, high and low pressure areas, and the different types of fronts that produce our weather. Accompanying the descriptions are examples of weather maps and the symbols used to represent the weather makers. The second half deals with predicting short and long-term weather indicators and examines long-term climate changes. Photos, diagrams, and maps aid in the explanation and scattered throughout the book are fascinating facts that aid in the understanding of the concepts introduced. There is also a section on the difficulty of predicting the weather and why some forecasts may not be accurate. Additional resources listed at the conclusion of the book are for those who want to explore further. This book is one of four in a series that explores the weather. Reviewer: James Rutkowski

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822575351
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Weatherwise Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Fleisher has spent his working life as an educator and writer. His books for young people cover a variety of science, ecology and natural history subjects. He has also written several widely-used classroom activity books on thinking games, social activism, and creative writing.

Paul currently works as an adjunct professor in the school of education at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as assistant to the director of the Richmond Peace Education Center. He also teaches classes in writing at the University of Richmond. Prior to taking early retirement in 2005, he taught gifted elementary and middle school students in the Richmond, Virginia Public Schools for almost 30 years. During that time, he helped develop numerous interdisciplinary instructional units on topics including Humor, Justice, Engineering and Design and The Art and Science of Music. Paul was in the vanguard of teaching educational technology in Richmond Public Schools, teaching computer programming and web design to his students. He has offered workshops on team-building, thinking games, teaching writing, and other topics at educational conferences for many years.

Paul remains an activist for peace and social justice. He currently serves on the boards of the Virginia Forum and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. He has also served terms on the Virginia Education Association's Fitz Turner Commission for Human and Civil Rights, and the Virginia Chapter of the ACLU. In 1988 Paul received the Virginia Education Association Award for Peace and International Relations and in 1999 he was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education.

It is Paul's great good fortune to be married to educator Debra Sims Fleisher, who has taught him much of what he knows about working in a classroom, as well as how to live as a more decent human being. In his spare time Paul is an avid gardener, cook, and reader.

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