Predicting the Weather Challenge
Predicting the Weather Challenge

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Atmospheric science is the study of Earth’s atmosphere such as clouds, weather and climate. Atmospheric scientists incorporate a lot of STEM in their field of study. For example, they use special instruments to collect data to then develop and program computer models. Models simulate real life conditions and outcomes. These models are the key—or “magic”—to making weather and climate forecasts and predictions. The ability to measure, model, and analyze atmospheric processes is essential to understanding our ever-changing, dynamic planet.  At Argonne National Laboratory, climate science is one area of research within the Environmental Science Division (EVS). Atmospheric scientists at Argonne are known for their expertise and state-of-the-art models that offer better accuracy for climate predictions. Using models to identify patterns and trends and to make predictions is something that atmospheric scientists practice in their line of research and work. Today, we have a lot of technology and resources at our fingertips, including access to meteorological (weather) software applications such as VENTUSKY. VENTUSKY is a weathering model that can be used to make weather predictions. In this activity, you will use VENTUSKY as a tool to make weather predictions and then analyze how accurate the predictions are. Share a picture or video of your results! We will share submissions on @Argonne_Education on Instagram.


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  1. In order to earn this badge, the learner must make a 10-day forecast and see how accurate the forecast was for each day.
  2. In order to earn this badge, the learner must share a photo of their completed data table.
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