Geography KS3 / GCSE: How to use wind to forecast the weather

Richard Hammond demonstrates how we can forecast the weather simply by watching the way the wind effects the clouds.

He stands with his back to the wind, looking for clouds, and explains that by looking at the direction that clouds are moving, you can make a prediction about what the weather may hold.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

A demonstration of simple forecasting techniques using senses and what you can see. This could form the introduction to a forecasting lesson where students then explore why this is the case.

Students could conduct onsite fieldwork in order to test and evaluate this technique, comparing it to information gathered from other sources of weather information. This technique could form part of a weather diary.

Key Stage 4

This short film could form the introduction to the air-masses topic – with students applying their knowledge of air-masses to explain why this technique works.

Curriculum Notes

This short film could be used to teach geography and physics at KS3 and KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 5 in Scotland. At GCSE it appears in AQA, OCR A, EDEXCEL, EDUQAS, WJEC and CCEA, in SQA at National 5.

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