IMPACT 2010 – STORM Project Resources

Professor Alan Czarnetzki

STORM Project                                               STORM’s Level 1 Classroom Activities:     Activities     Images

STORM Forecasting Exercise                          STORM’s Level 2 Classroom Activities:     Activities     Images

Resources for Surface Weather Observations

            Time          UTC Time Conversion Table          METAR Identifiers          ASOS sites          ASOS map

            Basic Weather Map Symbols                Complete Weather Symbol Chart           Iowa Surface Weather Plotting Map

Climatology:     MCW              DSM                ALO             OTM               DBQ                   CID

                        Climate Data for the U.S.         

Persistence:      Hourly Reports in plain language (reports contain 6-hourly highs and lows at appropriate times)         

University of Wyoming has detailed hourly reports in UTC

Cooperative Stations gives you access to daily local reports

National Weather Service Forecasts:

               Des Moines Office of the National Weather Service           Davenport Office of the National Weather Service

               La Crosse Office of the National Weather Service             National Weather Service

Forecasting with Conceptual Models:

            Sager Weathercaster                Sager Weathercaster (this version has more background information)

            Note:  The wind direction change options are Steady, Backing, or Veering.  When the wind direction changes in a

clockwise sense over time, we say it’s veering (e.g., when a south wind becomes southwest over time). 

When the wind direction changes in a counterclockwise sense over time, we say it’s backing (e.g., when a south wind

becomes southeast over time)

Web Cams in Iowa – great way to practice identifying cloud types and cloud cover!

A resource to use with your Season Demonstration Globe:     Day and Night Across the Earth