Atmospheric Pressure & Winds: Links for Students

Sea Breezes

See why a sea breeze occurs at the beach during a warm summer day. This Web site has an explanation with good graphics and links to information about land breezes.

Features: Graphics/Multimedia 

Forces and Winds: Online Meteorology

The purpose of this module is to introduce pressure, how it changes with height, and the importance of high-and low-pressure systems. In addition, this module introduces the pressure gradient, Coriolis forces, and their role in generating wind.

Features: Graphics/Multimedia 

Observe How Air Pressure Affects a Rising Balloon

Try this interactive animation exploring how the height of a hot-air balloon influences both its volume and external air pressure.

Features: Online Interactivity, Graphics/Multimedia

Wind: Small-Scale and Local Processes

An extensive introduction to atmospheric motion, this Web page is a set of animated lecture notes for a college meteorology class. Many concepts, along with embedded quiz questions, can be used by secondary school students and teachers.

Features: Graphics/Multimedia, Assessment

Wind on Oahu: An Exploration

In this self-directed module, students analyze graphics, data, and animations to interpret wind and weather conditions on Oahu, an island in Hawaii.

Features: Online Interactivity, Graphics/Multimedia, Assessment,
Inquiry Materials 

Science with NOAA Research: Forecasting

Weather forecasters help us plan and prepare for the weather.

Features: Hands-on Investigation, Lesson Ideas, Graphics/Multimedia, Assessment, Data Sources, Inquiry Materials 

NOAA Learning Objects - Ocean Waves

Learn all about the anatomy of waves and the forces that cause them, especially wind. Find out what global impact waves have on coastlines and the possible development of wave energy to produce electricity.

Features: Online Interactivity, Graphics/Multimedia, Assessment, Misconceptions 

Historical Hurricane Tracks

Web visitors can capture hurricane tracks using NOAA’s extensive database. Query tools are flexible and detailed graphics are included.

Features: Online Interactivity, Graphics/Multimedia, Data Sources 



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