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Make Temp and Precip Charts
In this lab you will: (1) order climate data for your area, (2) download the data, (3) learn the difference between absolute and anomaly temperature charts, and (4) build both types of charts with the data. Watch video tutorials below for each of these steps, then make temp & precip charts for your home town.
It's one thing to read about climate change and how temperatures and precipitation patterns are changing across the globe and across continents. It's something altogether different to look at a specific area, where you live for example, examine the data, and determine what's been happening over the last 20 years, 50 years, or 100 years. That's what you'll do in this lab. From the long-term trends you see, you can begin to make predictions about the future. In this lab you will: (1) order the data, (2) download the data, (3) learn the difference between absolute and anomaly temperature charts, and (4) build each type of chart with the data. Click on the buttons below to watch video tutorials for each of these steps, then do each step yourself to view and chart data for your home town. Start by building temperature charts, then build precipitation charts. Finally, examine your charts and summarize the trends you see.
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