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National Weather Service Education
All of the National Weather Service’s educational resources in one place. You can find educational websites for kids, science projects, activities, data resources, hand outs, and more.
Weather101 by the National Weather Service
"Weather101 is a series of FREE interactive online classes to help the public learn about meteorology, forecasting and the National Weather Service in general." These classes will expound on the NWS's SKYWARN spotter classes offered each spring and fall. Classes are available on Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, or Android using the free Go-To-Webinar app.
All of the educational resources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in one place. Learn about El Niño and La Niña, hurricanes, space weather, tornadoes, weather observation, weather systems and patterns, the climate, and tons more.
NOAA Data in the Classroom
Interactive tools and materials to help visualize data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory
Learn all about severe weather from the NOAA NSSL. Included are activities and information on thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, lighting, hail, damaging winds, and winter weather.
SciJinks: It’s All About Weather!
SciJinks is an educational website about weather from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It features information about storms, tides and oceans, the atmosphere, water and ice, satellites and technology, weather forecasting, space weather, and more, as well as games, videos, classroom activities, downloads, and more.
JetStream: An Online School for Weather
JetStream is an educational website about weather from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that includes articles and lesson plans about the atmosphere, the ocean, global weather, clouds, the upper air, upper air charts, meteorology, satellites, Doppler radar, and more.
Climate.gov: Teaching Climate
From the NOAA, Climate.gov is home to a massive catalog of resources for teaching climate. Included is a teacher’s guidebook, “The Essential Principles of Climate Literacy,” and hundreds of lessons and activities for K-12 students. Topics include Climate Systems, Causes of Climate Change, Measuring Climate, Human Responses to Climate, Nature of Climate Science, Energy Use, Climate Impacts, and tons more.
NASA Climate Kids
Climate Kids is an educational website from NASA that is organized by the topics: Weather &Climate, Atmosphere, Water, Energy, and Plants & Animals. Students can find information about the weather and climate, NASA missions and programs, games, activities, videos, graphics, interactives, and more.
UCAR Learning Zone
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research has a large collection of articles, games, interactives, activities, lessons, photos, graphics, videos, and other resources for learning about the weather, atmosphere, and climate.
UCAR SkySci for Kids
SkySci for Kids is an educational website from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research that contains kid-friendly information and games on the weather and climate.
Weather Wiz Kids®
Weather Wiz Kids is an educational website by Crystal Wicker, a television meteorologist for the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis, Indiana. The website contains information on climate, clouds, drought, hurricanes, lightning, rain and floods, sandstorms, sink holes, temperature, thunderstorms, tornadoes, weather forecasting, weather instruments, wind, and winter storms. Also included are experiments, games, flashcards, jokes, career information, and more.
National Weather Museum and Science Center
The National Weather Museum and Science Center in Norman, Oklahoma, is dedicated to preserving weather artifacts and weather science. If you can’t visit in person, you can find digital exhibits and educational resources on its website.
Use the Wunderground Wundermap to find weather, atmospheric, and wild fire information about any place on the planet.
Smithsonian Weather Lab
The Smithsonian Weather Lab is an interactive tool to help students visualize how ocean currents and air masses interact to form the weather in North America.
National Geographic Weather Resources
This collection of weather resources from National Geographic that includes articles, maps, graphics, videos, and interactives covering topics like rain, drought, tornadoes, wind, El Niño, the Jetstream, and more.
PBS NOVA: Cloud Lab
Learn all about different types of clouds, hurricanes, storm prediction, and more in this interactive, educational site from PBS NOVA.
Science Learning Hub Weather Lessons
The Science Learning Hub | Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao is a publicly-funded educational website for science in New Zealand. You can find tons of explainer articles, videos, diagrams, interactives, science projects, and activities on weather, including on lighting, clouds, the water cycle, solar energy, the greenhouse effect, the atmosphere, climate change, and tons more.
Weather & Atmosphere Science Projects
The Science Buddies website has a large collection of K-12 STEM lessons and science projects on weather and atmosphere. Topics include: Wind meters, ozone depletion, weather prediction, measuring oxygen content, tornadoes, hurricanes, hydrometers, and more.
Science of Weather: 5th Grade Study Guide
This guide from PragmaticMom.com provides an overview of basic weather concepts, including air pressure, clouds, climate, and more.
SnowCrystals.com is an educational website by Kenneth G. Libbrecht, a professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The site has tons of information and resources to learn about snowflakes. Included are fun facts, snowflake science, activities, photos, videos, diagrams, and more.