IMPACT 2011 – 2012:    STORM Project Resources

Professor Alan Czarnetzki              Email:

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          Station Identifiers          ASOS sites          ASOS map

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

            Satellite and Radar Images                    Interactive Surface Weather Map Generator                 Archived Data


Forecasting Exercise                       Forecast Submission Form                   

Climatology:     ALO             MCW                 DSM                OTM               CID              DBQ

                        Climate Data for the U.S.         

Persistence:      Hourly Reports for Iowa in table format; from within the map, click on station of interest                        Other States

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

University of Wyoming has detailed hourly reports in UTC                     Maps of ‘Overnight Lows’ and ‘Daytime Highs’

Cooperative Stations gives you access to daily local reports

Perfect Prog:    Waterloo     Mason City     Des Moines     Ottumwa     Cedar Rapids     Dubuque          Other Stations

                        Help with Perfect Prog


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!

            To get to archived images:  1) select Archive, then 2) select Time Machine, then 3) use the Product drop-down menu to select a camera

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