NAME: _______________________________ DUE DATE: May 6, 2021 Earth Null School Lab Weather and Oceans via http://earth.nullschool.net Website Lab Instructions: Enter your answers here in another color or highlighted. 1) First, look at the min screen! This is real-time data! Now, click on Earth link on the bottom left part of the screen. a. What do you see when you click on that link? wind surface level (orthographic) b. Describe the line items in the Red Circles below. c. Data:_________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ d. Date:_________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ e. Control|Now:__________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ f. Mode:________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ g. What are the units for height in air mode? (Hint Look in the about section) _______________________________________________________________________ h. What does hPa stand for? _____________________________________________________________________________ i. Overlay:______________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ j. Click on the “about” link. What is this section? _____________________________________________________________________________ 2) Let us explore the website functionality. a. Go to the following Date by clicking on Contol|Now and then the Calendar icon. 2020-11-08 b. Look at 46.05° N, 104.31° W by clicking on the map. This is the center of the low-pressure system (rotates counter clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere), just above the North West Corner of Nebraska. c. It will look ENS d. This is the current (same time) weather map. e. I have drawn the outline of the cold front in RED on the next ENS image. 2 f. 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) g. Now, go back to the present time. Observe the main window. Zoom to North America, then the Texas area. h. Any Storms? (Low pressure systems) If so, where? ___________________________________ i. [INCLUDE A SNAPSHOT HERE! Copy / paste a snapshot] i. Are there any cold fronts near Texas? ______________________________________________ What can you overlay in Ocean mode? ___________________________________________________________________________________ What are projections? How are they useful? ____________________________________________________________________ Explore some of the unique features. What are the visualizations you see (Hint check out combinations of Mode, Overlays and projections)? ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ a. [INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE SNAPSHOT HERE!] Look at North America. Turn on Air at the Surface. a. What are the various overlays available in the Air category?_____________________________________________________________________ b. What is MI? ___________________________________________________________________ c. What does MI mean (Hint look it up in the Earth link)? _____________________________________________________________________________ Click on subsequent elevations. Where are the jet streams? ____________hPa (Hint it’s in “about”) a. How does this help explain our current weather? _____________________________________ b. How does this help you to understand how our weather “happens”? ______________________________________________________ What about other areas of the World? 3 a. Let us look at the North and South Poles. Start with air at the surface, then go up in elevation. b. What do you observe? ______________________________________________. c. [INCLUDE A SNAPSHOTS HERE!] 9) Now look at the oceans. Currents. Waves. a. What do you see? Any storms (Low pressure systems) or hurricanes Y/N? ______ b. In the Pacific Ocean? ______ c. In the Atlantic Ocean? ______ The Gulf of Mexico? ______ d. [INCLUDE SNAPSHOTS HERE!] e. Now turn on ocean sea surface temperature (SST). See the warm water? Cold Water? Where is it the warmest? __________________________________ f. What color is the Bering Sea just below Alaska? _______ The Gulf of Mexico? _________ g. Which is warmer? ___________________________________________________ 10) Now look at chemistry (air polution) and particulates (dust and soot) over Africa, China. a. What do you observe? ___________________________________________________ b. See the dust moving from the Sahara Desert to South America? What color is it?_______ c. Describe what you see. ____________________________________________________ d. [INCLUDE A SNAPSHOT HERE!] 11) What are the different chemicals and particulates? Read the Important disclaimer on the top right. a. What are the different chemicals available? _____________________________________. 12) Click on the Space Tab. What are we looking at?_________________________________________ a. [INCLUDE A SNAPSHOT HERE!] 13) Find Air pollution in [INCLUDE 3 SNAPSHOTS HERE! One for each.] i. China ii. The Eastern US iii. Europe iv. Which looks to be the worst? ______________________________________ 14) Lastly, let us look at Hurricane Zeta from this year (2020). a. There are three pictures from the NHC, ENS, and the US weather map. i. What are your thoughts on these three maps, together, about the information each provides to you about Hurricane Zeta? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4 b. This is the NHC image of Zeta after making landfall. c. Here is the ENS image at the exact same time. 5 d. Here is the US weather map showing remnants of Zeta, and various fronts. 15) Feel free to go back in time (google the dates of a hurricane (August 22-31, 2017) or even a forest fire), and look at what that looks like on ENS. Include the snapshot , it is worth 20 points extra credit on this lab! INCLUDE SNAPSHOT here. 6

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NAME: _______________________________ DUE DATE: May 6, 2021 Earth Null School Lab Weather and Oceans via http://earth.nullschool.net Website Lab Instructions: Enter your answers here in another color or highlighted. 1) First, look at the min screen! This is real-time data! Now, click on Earth link on the bottom left part of the screen. a. What do you see when you click on that link? wind surface level (orthographic) b. Describe the line items in the Red Circles below. c. Data:_________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ d. Date:_________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ e. Control|Now:__________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ f. Mode:________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ g. What are the units for height in air mode? (Hint Look in the about section) _______________________________________________________________________ h. What does hPa stand for? _____________________________________________________________________________ i. Overlay:______________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ j. Click on the “about” link. What is this section? _____________________________________________________________________________ 2) Let us explore the website functionality. a. Go to the following Date by clicking on Contol|Now and then the Calendar icon. 2020-11-08 b. Look at 46.05° N, 104.31° W by clicking on the map. This is the center of the low-pressure system (rotates counter clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere), just above the North West Corner of Nebraska. c. It will look ENS d. This is the current (same time) weather map. e. I have drawn the outline of the cold front in RED on the next ENS image. 2 f. 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) g. Now, go back to the present time. Observe the main window. Zoom to North America, then the Texas area. h. Any Storms? (Low pressure systems) If so, where? ___________________________________ i. [INCLUDE A SNAPSHOT HERE! Copy / paste a snapshot] i. Are there any cold fronts near Texas? ______________________________________________ What can you overlay in Ocean mode? ___________________________________________________________________________________ What are projections? How are they useful? ____________________________________________________________________ Explore some of the unique features. What are the visualizations you see (Hint check out combinations of Mode, Overlays and projections)? ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ a. [INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE SNAPSHOT HERE!] Look at North America. Turn on Air at the Surface. a. What are the various overlays available in the Air category?_____________________________________________________________________ b. What is MI? ___________________________________________________________________ c. What does MI mean (Hint look it up in the Earth link)? _____________________________________________________________________________ Click on subsequent elevations. Where are the jet streams? ____________hPa (Hint it’s in “about”) a. How does this help explain our current weather? _____________________________________ b. How does this help you to understand how our weather “happens”? ______________________________________________________ What about other areas of the World? 3 a. Let us look at the North and South Poles. Start with air at the surface, then go up in elevation. b. What do you observe? ______________________________________________. c. [INCLUDE A SNAPSHOTS HERE!] 9) Now look at the oceans. Currents. Waves. a. What do you see? Any storms (Low pressure systems) or hurricanes Y/N? ______ b. In the Pacific Ocean? ______ c. In the Atlantic Ocean? ______ The Gulf of Mexico? ______ d. [INCLUDE SNAPSHOTS HERE!] e. Now turn on ocean sea surface temperature (SST). See the warm water? Cold Water? Where is it the warmest? __________________________________ f. What color is the Bering Sea just below Alaska? _______ The Gulf of Mexico? _________ g. Which is warmer? ___________________________________________________ 10) Now look at chemistry (air polution) and particulates (dust and soot) over Africa, China. a. What do you observe? ___________________________________________________ b. See the dust moving from the Sahara Desert to South America? What color is it?_______ c. Describe what you see. ____________________________________________________ d. [INCLUDE A SNAPSHOT HERE!] 11) What are the different chemicals and particulates? Read the Important disclaimer on the top right. a. What are the different chemicals available? _____________________________________. 12) Click on the Space Tab. What are we looking at?_________________________________________ a. [INCLUDE A SNAPSHOT HERE!] 13) Find Air pollution in [INCLUDE 3 SNAPSHOTS HERE! One for each.] i. China ii. The Eastern US iii. Europe iv. Which looks to be the worst? ______________________________________ 14) Lastly, let us look at Hurricane Zeta from this year (2020). a. There are three pictures from the NHC, ENS, and the US weather map. i. What are your thoughts on these three maps, together, about the information each provides to you about Hurricane Zeta? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4 b. This is the NHC image of Zeta after making landfall. c. Here is the ENS image at the exact same time. 5 d. Here is the US weather map showing remnants of Zeta, and various fronts. 15) Feel free to go back in time (google the dates of a hurricane (August 22-31, 2017) or even a forest fire), and look at what that looks like on ENS. Include the snapshot , it is worth 20 points extra credit on this lab! INCLUDE SNAPSHOT here. 6

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