These URLS are a useful source of information and inspiration. We have also compiled a list of books on our Books Page. Many of the books contain wonderful images. We hope the comments on both pages will help you to select what is best for you.
These URLs are meant to help with collecting weather data and observing the weather as these are the main aims of this site. They also help with comparing weather data. Included are some places to shop as well. See the notes on the right which explain more about shopping for apparatus.
Type in a place name and then see all the places round the world with that same name, then choose the one you want. Otherwise type in the country after the place name (e.g. Birmingham, UK). See the current weather in detail or scroll down to‘Today's Almanac’ and select View More History Data'. Set the date to the one you want and click on ‘view’.
Activity; Look at the forecast for a chosen location. Write it down. Wait a couple of days and use the history to see how accurate it was.orld Weather Information Services - by the World Meteorological Organisation
Lots of countries are represented on this website. Some have data for several locations. The section called ‘Climatology Information’ gives mean Daily maximum and minimum temperatures, mean total rainfall for the month and the mean number of rain days. This would be great data to compare with data collected in school.
Activity; Record similar weather data for a week. Work out the means. Compare it to the weather data for that month in several countries. Compare it to weather data for a city near you. What do you notice about the weather in the opposite hemisphere to you? Is there a difference depending on latitude?
Met Office Learning
Activity; In the ‘kids’ section the weather experiments outline several useful activities relating to observing the weather and collecting data.
Today in Weather History – by Weatherforyou.com
Look at a particular month and date in history. Weather events for a variety of years are given, all in North America.
Activity; Make a list of the different types of events linked with the weather. Have you experienced any similar events?
Shopping at Russell Scientific
This company is an excellent source of weather instruments. Many are selected to provide greater accuracy than cheaper instruments. The main sections to look in might be 'barometers, hygrometers and meteorology.
Activity; Look at the range of soil thermometers. Which one would be most useful for you if you wanted to keep a record of the soil temperature?
Shopping at the Weather Shop
This shop in Eastbourne, UK would be great to visit, but their website is also a great way to buy instruments. See the traditional rain gauge in its plastic container, or the Masons Hygrometer for collecting wet and dry temperatures. There's loads to see here.
Activity; See how many of the instruments on the Weather Apparatus page you could buy from here. Which would you choose if you had several week's pocket money to spend?
Use this website to browse lots of types of weather apparatus. This online store can send apparatus all over the world.
Activity; Look at the digital weather stations. If you had under £100 which one would suit you best?
We have been as careful as possible in selecting these links, but the user must check the sites for other links away from the site. This is best done close to the time when sites are used, as they can change considerable. The onus is on the user to monitor the sites.