Wild Weather/ Patagonian Style

Instructional Objectives:
Students will:

1. Access the World Wide Web to find the different temperatures on a given day in
Patagonia.(or use sample data provided from the World Wide Web)

2. Identify the unusual differences in temperatures from different locations in Patagonia.

3. Record the temperature data from Patagonia on the map included below.

4. Graph the temperatures found at different sites in Patagonia and identify the drastic weather
changes in this wilderness area.

Background Material:

The weather in Patagonia is changeable. Argentine Patagonia is semi-arid to arid. The Andes in Chile block storms from the Pacific Ocean. Argentine Patagonia has very short days in winter and the winds from the west are very powerful in Patagonia. There is a remarkable change in temperature between the north and south in Patagonia. Most of the climate in Patagonia is temperate; however, temperatures in winter drop to temperatures below freezing. There is also forest in Chilean Patagonia and it is more likely to have stormy weather than in Argentina. (Bernhardson, Wayne, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, A Lonely Planet Travel Survival Kit, Lonely Planet Publications, Australia, 1996.)

Activity: Wild Weather/ Patagonian Style

Materials Needed:

-Access to the following weather Web site: http://www.weatherunderground.com/global/AG.html - Printed map and sample weather data included in this lesson

- Science Journals
- Pencil, graph paper
- Crayons or colored markers.

Procedure: Have students work in cooperative teams of 2-3 students.

2. Access the world wide web and locate the temperature in each Patagonian Zone. Temperatures will be in Celsius. These temperatures may be changed to Fahrenheit . To change to Fahrenheit degrees, multiply 9 times the Celsius temperature, divide this by 5 and add 32 degrees. This will give the Fahrenheit temperatures. I suggest that Celsius degrees be used as that is the world standard.

3. Read the temperature, change to Fahrenheit degrees if needed and post temperatures by region on the Patagonian map.

4. Record temperatures on a given day in science journals.

5. Create a graph for both minimum and maximum temperatures from Patagonia map.

6. Discuss reasons for drastic differences in weather in the different parts of Patagonia.

- Have students present their research on weather in Patagonia to class.
Display Patagonian weather maps
- Have students display graphs in class, during presentations or in the school hallway.
- Assess whether the translation from Celsius to Fahrenheit degrees is correct.

Elementary Extension:

Have students download map, use Celsius or Fahrenheit temperatures (Instructor may have to change C degrees to F degrees depending on grade level)

High School Extension:

This is an opportunity to develop major projects on weather and satellite map reading. Have students research satellite maps and interpret these maps from key at web sites:

Web Resources:

The National Weather Service
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/

Weather Channel Maps
http://www.weather.com/maps/activity/garden/index_large.html