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Synoptic charts and weather

Weather Circles

You will need to be familiar with weather circles. Examine the chart below and make sure that you are familiar with the circles and what they mean.

Weather circles chart

Study the 2 circles and describe in detail the differences in weather conditions at Lerwick and Land's End at that time.

Weather symbols

Lerwick. Rain shower, low temperatures (6°C), cloudy skies (4 oktas), with high winds (40 knots) from the south, south west.

Land's End. Drizzle, warmer temperatures (12°C), cloudy skies (8 Oktas) with lighter winds (15 knots) from the south west.

Got this correct? Well done, you identified all the circles.

Got this wrong? Go back and have another look through the weather circles chart.


Weather map of Great Britain

Class Clips

Brrrr! Video clip about how the flow of warm and cold air fronts affects our weather


Occluded front graphic

Class Clips

Video clip about the formation and effects of an occluded front


BBC weather presenter

Class Clips

A weather forecaster talks about how fronts around the UK produce many types of weather

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