Ocean Currents and Weather
Ocean Currents, Climate and Weather
Warm Up Links
Click here to see live Surf cam images of the from around the world
Click hear to see the interactive weather data, surf cams and surf reports for Florida's Gulf Coast
National Buoy Center - Real Time Data
Chris Carter Saddleback Unified School District, Orange County, CA USA
Use the Following Web Site Find the Answers to these questions
NDBC Education Pages -NOAA
NDBC Education Pages -NOAA
(1) Are air temperatures the same over land and water?
(2) Does water temperature differ between near-shore and offshore sites?
(3) What is air pressure?
(4) How are ocean waves described?
(5) What causes ocean surface waves?
(6) Are wind speeds the same over land as they are over the ocean?
(7) What are sea breezes?
(8) What are hurricanes? What happens during a hurricane?
(9) What are tides?
(10) How do tropical storms differ from winter storms?
Wind speeds and wave height
How does the wind speed and direction affect wave height?
Using the web site below learn the answers to the questions.
First watch the Real Player Video "Understanding Oceans"
Understanding Oceans - Questions, Answers and Resources
Choose any 4 topics from the list of lesson plans relating to oceans, climate or weather
Prepare explanations for each topic and be present your findings to the class.
Look at a map showing the main ocean currents -map showing ocean currents
What causes the the Gulf Stream current?
Weather and Climate over the Ocean
Air Pressure Over the Atlantic and The Gulf Stream
Answer questions about the Bermuda High. What direction are low pressure systems? Use the diagram to extrapolate why hurricanes move towards the coast.
How does the gulf stream make Supercells of weather?
How does rain fall at nearly 4 inches p/hr.? Read the conclusion of this "first report" to find the definition of the supercell. How does the supercell of the Gulf Stream affect the development of inland tornados?
Click here to see hurricane, tornadoes and severe weather
Movies and Videos of Current Weather!
Other Hurricane info and movies
These are hurricane & Extreme impact studies.
Included are the methods of forecasting.
What is the USGS?
What are some of the marine and coastal programs that they administer?
What are some career pathways for the USGS?
Temperature and the fishing industry
How far does the gulf stream travel?
Using this link find out about the fishing industry and what maps are available.
Marine Data Base for Pictures of the Pacific Coast.
See some images from a local University and compare to the Atlantic animals. See pictures of invertebrates, arthropods, fish, mammals and more! Why are there different organisms in the Atlantic Ocean?
Pictures of Fish
This is great resource for pictures and data about different kinds of marine life
What Mammals live in the oceans?
Research: Using this site find at least four addresses that create a focused study in the area of your interest. Also look into the oceanography resources and evaluate at least one site. Be sure to write addresses exactly as they are written in the window! The best way to copy the address correctly is to copy and paste it from your web browser to your word processing program
Check These Links!!!
Science Links for Meteorology
Science Links for Oceanography
A few Internet Resources:
Sheppard's Science Resources
Sheppard's Useful Links
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Christina Carter)
Created August 6, 1998
Last Revised March 5, 2000