Students will learn about measuring precipitation on the ground and using satellites, and use satellite data to analyze the reason for the monsoon weather pattern in India.
Students will learn about how we measure weather on the ground and from satellites, and will then go into detail about how satellites measure precipitation. Students will look at data from the TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) satellite and compare monthly rain patterns in the eastern United States to those in India to observe the seasonal monsoon weather pattern. Then they will examine surface temperature data for the same area to develop an explanation of why the seasonal patterns occur. Finally, students will write a description of the patterns they noticed, explain how satellite data can help us visualize the data, and perform an analysis to explain why India has the weather patterns it does.
Lesson is expected to take two 45-minute periods or one 90-minute block, and has been developed for middle school audiences.