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Author

Rutgers University

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Rutgers NJ Weather Network

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Synopsis
  • This resource contains maps, tabular data, charts, news, and articles related to New Jersey's weather. 
  • The weather information updates in real time using data from dozens of stations. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Users can create their own table in the "tabular data" tab by clicking "new search" in the top righthand corner and choosing which weather stations and elements to include in the table.
  • There are colorful maps of current temperatures, wind speed, radar, and wind gusts at the top of the web page, along with a weather-related article. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The blog portion of the resource has not been updated since 2018.
  • The layout on the homepage is a little busy and confusing but the other tabs are much easier to navigate.

Differentiation

  • Math teachers could use the tabular data to create table data word problems for students to solve.
  • Science classes could use this resource in a unit about meteorology. Students could look at the barometric pressure graph and use it to forecast the weather. 
  • Other resources on this topic include this lesson on the difference between climate and weather, this NASA video on wind, and this Crash Course video on how climates are classified.
Scientist Notes
This resource provides daily and weekly weather forecasts real-time.  This information is important for disaster risk management, especially in coastal communities of New Jersey and other areas at risk. This resource contains additional blogs and links for students to explore more on the subject. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
      • HS-ESS2-4 Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.1.9-12 Use geospatial and related technologies to create maps to display and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.8 Evaluate the hypotheses, data, analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information.
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