Cancel the Cardinals Home Opener?!?
Lessons in Melting and Evaporation
Department of Soil, Environment, and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Missouri–Columbia
The St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to play their home opener the next day and Megan Riley, a young meteorologist who works for a private weather consulting firm, is responsible for developing the weather forecast. It’s starting to look like she may need to change her current forecast for rain to snow. Students work in small groups to analyze information presented in each part of this multi-part dilemma case and, along the way, are asked to update their forecast: keep it as rain, or revise it to snow. The case has been used both in an introductory meteorology course and in a capstone course for seniors in atmospheric science.
- Undertstand that temperature is a measure of energy.
- Learn that energy transfer impact on water (vapor) has the opposite effect on the air.
- Learn key weather forecasting concepts.
KeywordsWet bulb temperature; dew point temperature; precipitation; rain; snow; sublimation; evaporation; condensation; freezing; melting; weather forecasting
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Type / MethodsDilemma/Decision, Interrupted
Subject HeadingsClimatology / Meteorology | Atmospheric Science | Earth Science |
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