This interactive map allows students to view data on the precipitation, minimum temperature, and maximum temperature in the contiguous United States for a specific month and year (1895-2020).
Students can use the compare function to view different types of data maps side by side.
This resource is fun and easy to use.
The compare function allows students to view a half and half view of the map, two maps side by side, or an animated map that morphs from one data set to the other.
This map only contains data for the contiguous United States.
Students may have to scroll up and down in order to see the legend, which is located below the map.
The "select year" section defaults to climatology, but students can use the dropdown to select any year between 1895-2020.
Elementary science classes could use this resource to give students a visual for how climate change is affecting temperature and precipitation in the United States.
History classes could use this resource to compare an historical event, such as precipitation data during the Dust Bowl, with current data. Students could reflect on the migration that took place as a result of the Dust Bowl as people moved from the Great Plains to places like California. Students could then watch this video about how drought is currently affecting Stratford, an agricultural town in California.
Other resources on this topic include this video that explains how the world has changed over the last century, this article about changes in climate throughout history, and this article on what governments around the world are doing to adapt to higher temperatures.
The resource presents a climatological map of the USA using datasets of over 10,000 stations made available by nClimDiv. Students can visualize the map to understand what climate normals entail, compare monthly and annual records of selected locations, and investigate changes in temperatures and departures. This is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS2: Earth's Systems
3-ESS2-1 Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
3-ESS2-2 Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: Geography
D2.Geo.1.6-8 Construct maps to represent and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
D2.Geo.5.3-5 Explain how the cultural and environmental characteristics of places change over time.
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.