The 'Weather Watchers' in Cumbria keep a weekly record of various aspects of the weather. They use a thermometer to measure the air temperature, an anemometer to measure the wind speed, a weather vane and compass to work out the direction of the wind, and a rain gauge to measure rainfall. They then record all their results on a computer.

This clip is from:
Primary Geography, Seasons
First broadcast:
27 April 2007

After watching the clip, children could keep a weather diary of the weather in the UK for a set period, and compare this with weather from different countries. Children could also have a go at making their own weather station, by building their own rain gauges, barometers and weather vanes. They could also construct their own thermometer: using a clear plastic bottle, equal parts of rubbing alcohol and water to fill the bottle about ¼ full. Add a few drops food colouring. Insert a straw and mark on the scale, and seal with modelling clay. As the alcohol gets hotter, it expands forcing the coloured water up the straw. Children could research about how meteorologists predict the weather and they could have a go at writing their own weather reports, either by using their own data to make a 'fake' one or by using actual data they have researched.