WEATHER WATCHERS

There is a great science lesson waiting to happen right outside your door.  Have your child grab a notebook and follow you.  Have your child identify wind direction, describe sensory information, and sketch the cloud types.  Help them develop a system to record daily data and make a prediction for tomorrow.  

Some things you might encourage noting:

CLOUDS

Cirrus:  
Wispy, thin and high in the sky.  They point in the direction of the wind.  Fair weather.  

Altocumulus:  
Fuzzy bubbles in long rows.  They precede a cold front, often indicating a later storm.

Nimbostratus:  
Dark, low hanging.  Light rainfall.

Cumulus:  
Big cotton balls with clear sky between them.  Usually no rain, but can change to cumolonimbus.

Cumulonimbus:  
Tall and wide.  Thunderstorm clouds.

WIND
Winds from the south typically mean warmer weather is on its way; winds from the north usually indicate a cold front.  East-west winds are tougher to gage.

In the mood for a field trip?  Call your local television station and see if you can swing by to meet with a meteorologist.  Your little weather watcher will enjoy sharing his/her journal & learning a bit more about a possible career in meteorology.