Investigations Manual

Weather Studies Investigations Manual

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  • Investigations lead students through the analysis and interpretation of real-world weather data
  • Two investigations per textbook chapter, a total of 30 lab-related investigations
  • Each investigation is self-contained in the manual, or may be completed using Current Weather Studies on the RealTime Weather Portal

As each Investigations Manual activity is self-contained, course materials are available to instructors in their entirety prior to the beginning of a term.

Instructors wanting to have their students study weather as it happens may choose to use the Manual introduction section plus Current Weather Studies prepared twice per week on the RealTime Weather Portal. View this year's schedule for Current Weather Studies.

Orders for the Weather Studies eInvestigations Manual and/or other course materials should be placed through your college bookstore. Go to the Order Class Materials page for details. Students can also place orders directly through the AMS Bookstore, under the AMS Weather Studies header. 

If you are a faculty member interested in using the Weather Studies materials in a current or future course offering, you may request an examination copy of the eTextbook and eInvestigations Manual, which includes guest access to the RealTime Weather Portal.

Investigation Activities
1A: Surface Air Pressure Patterns (copyright notice) 1B: Air Pressure and Wind (copyright notice)
2A: Surface Weather Maps 2B: The Atmosphere in the Vertical
3A: Weather Satellite Imagery  3B: Sunlight Throughout the Year
4A: Temperature and Air Mass Advection 4B: Heating and Cooling Degree-Days and Wind-Chill
5A: Air Pressure Change 5B: Atmospheric Pressure in the Vertical
6A: Clouds, Temperature and Air Pressure 6B: Rising and Sinking Air
7A: Precipitation Patterns 7B: Doppler Radar
8A: Surface Weather Maps and Forces 8B: Upper-Air Weather Maps
9A: Westerlies and the Jet Stream 9B: ¡El Niño!
10A: The Extra-Tropical Cyclone 10B: Extra-Tropical Cyclone Track Weather
11A: Thunderstorms  11B: Tornadoes
12A: Hurricanes  12B: Hurricane Wind Speeds and Pressure Changes
13A: Weather Instruments and Observations  13B: Weather Forecasts
14A: Optical Phenomena 14B: Atmospheric Refraction
15A: Visualizing Climate 15B: Local Climatic Data