The dancing lights floating in the Earth’s polar atmosphere have been captivating skywatchers for centuries, including elementary students in Plamer. In this week’s Weather Lab, the students at Pioneer Peak Elementary School want to know: Why do the northern lights change colors?
Air is all around us! It allows us to breathe, plants to grow and the wind to blow! Today we’re going to learn what air is made of and how it moves! Download the activity guide for fun activities and experiments to learn more!
Meteorologist Jackie Purcell takes viewers to the Alaska Botanical Garden to show some of the flowers blooming there. There is a type of flower in the garden with a special adaptation that enables it to take advantage of the long daylight hours.
Precipitation is an important part of the water cycle. It’s how water gets from the Earth’s atmosphere back to the Earth’s surface. There are five main types of precipitation that fall in both solid and liquid forms. Complete the activities below to learn more about precipitation and make freezing rain at home!
The 2020-2021 school year was anything but normal. Forced to stay home, teachers, students, and parents had to get creative, but the learning never stopped.Thanks to this new virtual video conferencing technology we all know so well at this point, the Weather Lab was still in session, traveling through the internet across Alaska with lessons on meteorology.
From anemometers to windsocks, the first graders in Koyuk Alaska are learning about the tools meteorologists use to track the weather, including making their own weather instruments. They’ve been keeping a close eye on the conditions at their school and how the weather changes daily. Now in the weather lab, they’re learning how the meteorologists at Alaska’s Weather Source also track the conditions on the Seward Peninsula.
From the frozen ground and shadows of winter to the rushing water and endless daylight of summer, Mountain Village sees a wide variety of weather along the great Yukon River. The first graders in Ms. Queenie’s class are learning how to track the quick-changing conditions and then present the forecast to their community.
Melissa got to share with them how green screens work and show them why and how the wind blows. And in this week’s Weather Lab question of the week, the students want to know why hurricanes don’t happen in Alaska.
The classroom looks a little different this year at Chinook Elementary, but the new social distancing requirements aren’t keeping these sixth-graders from learning, or taking field trips, even if done virtually. Meteorologist Melissa Frey got to stop by the zoom screens of the 6th-grade classes for a tour of Alaska’s News Source studios, and for a quick lesson on meteorology.
The 6th-grade earth science classes at Nikiski Middle-High School just kicked off a month of learning about weather and climate. They can already identify different types of clouds, but in this week’s Weather Lab, Meteorologist Melissa Frey showed them what it takes to forecast how the clouds will change, and where they’re headed.
In this week’s weather lab the third-grade student at Bear Valley Elementary School took a virtual field trip to the Alaska’s News Source studios. They are studying meteorology this year, including different types of clouds, states of matter, and natural disasters.
They may only be in eighth grade, but these students at Grace Christian school are already thinking about what they may want to be when they grow up!In their careers class, the students get the opportunity to interview people in different professions. Students were eager to learn more about what it’s like to work as a meteorologist from Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey.
Meteorologist Melissa Frey stopped by their zoom to teach them the science behind this powerful, yet invisible force. Knowing that wind can both cause major damage and can also be turned into energy these students were curious about the power of wind.
Each week a school learning about meteorology in Alaska will be highlighted on CBS 5 and on Channel 2, and meteorologists from Alaska’s Weather Source will answer their Weather Lab question of the week.