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Section 1
Present Day Climate in Your Community

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Section 1: Present Day Climate in Your Community.

Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about weather systems in the United States, visit the following web sites:

    National Weather Service Climate Services, NOAA
    Click on the link "Find Your Climate Outlooks Here" to examine average weather conditions for your community.

    NOAA In Your State and Territory, NOAA
    Examine NOAA’s weather programs and activities in your state.

    Interactive Weather Information Network, NOAA
    Examine a selection of weather maps and weather forecasts for the United States.

  2. To learn more about the jet stream, visit the following web sites:

    The Jet Stream, NOAA
    Describes the flow of the jet streams and provides graphics that show the jet streams in relation to global wind belts.

    Jet Steam, University of Illinois
    Overview of the jet stream and how it impacts weather systems.

    Understanding Winds, Jet Streams, USAToday
    Scroll down to the "Understanding Winds, Jet Streams" section of this online newspaper to investigate the science behind the jet stream.

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To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

Factors Affecting Climate

What's Climate Change?, INNOVA Center for Sustainable Development
Offers information on factors affecting climates, including both natural and human factors.

Climate, NOAA
Looks at how the world’s climates can be divided into categories.


Factors Affecting Arctic Weather and Climate, The National Snow and Ice Data Center
Discusses the factors affecting arctic weather and climate.  

Elevation and Geographic Features

Climate of Colorado, Colorado State University
Discover the effects of elevation on Colorado's climate.

Secondary Influences on Climate, Infoplease
Introduces the secondary influences affecting climate, including position relative to land and water masses, altitude, topography, prevailing winds, ocean currents, and prevalence of cyclonic storms agents.

Isle of Man: Geography and Climate, IM Government
Explore the British island, Isle of Man, and learn what role its geography has in creating its mild climate.

Global Climate

Climate Variability and Change, the United States Global Change Research Program
Learn about the factors affecting the world's climate system (i.e., natural and anthropogenic changes) and how these can also influence its social and economic well-being.

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