An on-line thunderstorm simulator allows students to view how large convective clouds form.
To learn how thunderstorms are formed.
CONTEXT FOR USE
The format suggested for this lesson is a lab.
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS
Thunderstorm Simulator: http://www.psc.edu/research/graphics/gallery/mxue.php
Instructors/TAs may find it useful to refer to lecture notes from the following lecture: • Lapse Rate, Moisture, and Clouds
Students summarize their findings in a lab report.
REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
Thunderstorm Simulator for hands-on portion of the lab:
Air and water shift and change our climate. In this lab, students learn about the major movement of air and water movement that create weather. Through discussions and hands-on activities, students will walk away with a greater understanding of how and why the Earth’s climate system operates.