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A Comparison of Cloud Coverage over Africa
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This lesson uses NASA satellite data to contrast amounts of cloud coverage over different climate regions in Africa. An an outcome of the lesson, the student will be able to explain how Earth's major air circulations affect global weather patterns and relate local weather patterns to climate as well as identify different climate regions. Students will also describe conditions for cloud formation along the Equator. They will access data and import it into Excel. This lesson emphasizes that clouds are collections of water vapor in the atmosphere and that moisture collects in the atmosphere due to the evaporation of water. Thus evaporation plays an essential role in the water cycle. Students are asked to determine if the Hadley Cell affects weather for two cities (Aswan, Egypt and Kampala, Uganda). They graph the data to see if it indicates which city would have more rainfall and then draw conclusions about climate regions in these areas.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
My NASA DatA+
Author:
Erica Alston
Date Added:
02/16/2011