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The Weather Channel

Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it. Well, Fast Forward does! We interview multiple on-air and off-air Weather Channel employees, showing a variety of opportunities: meteorologists, radio personalities, designers, and IT personnel. This episode also includes a string of weather-related Teachable Moments, such as explanations about dew point and different types of clouds, what actually causes weather, why the "feels like" temperature is different from the actual temperature, the basics of lightning, and more.

STEAM Category

Science
Science
  • Support Materials

    Discuss

    1. Why is it important to have people studying the weather and making forecasts?

    2. If much of what the weather channel does is make educated predictions about future conditions, what other jobs do something similar?

    Expansion

    Vocabulary

    Meteorologist: someone who studies the atmosphere and weather; a weather forecaster

    Graphic Design: the art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books

    Dew Point: the temperature at which the moisture in the air forms visible drops of water : the temperature at which dew forms

    Humidity: moisture in the air

    Heat Index: a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature

    Molecule: the smallest possible amount of a particular substance that has all the characteristics of that substance

    Windchill: a temperature that shows how cold the air feels because of the wind

    Cumulus: a type of thick cloud that is rounded on top and has a flat base

    Stratus: are low-level clouds characterized by horizontal layering with a uniform base

    Nimbostratus: dark gray clouds that have ragged bases and sit low in the sky; associated with continuous rain or snow

    Particle: a very small piece of something

    Radiation: energy that comes from a source in the form of waves or rays you cannot see

Special Thanks

David Blumenthal, Jazmine Maddox, Jen Carfagno, Brandon Wright, Jonathan Erdman, Alexandros Salazar, Nick Wiltgen, Mark Thibodeau, Danielle Banks, Scott Frazier, Rogeria Arnold, Scott Kurtz

This content was developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, this content does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.