Previously, I tossed out a weekly local temperature plot and asked if you could tell when it started snowing. I also posited that it might be an interesting take periodic motion and/or sine curves.
The problem is, not every locale has a nice cache of temperature and dewpoint data.
Or do they?
Enter WolframAlpha. It’s praises have been sung elsewhere, but allow me: it’s temperature (and other weather) data and plots are fantastic. Whether it’s recent local temperature or geologic, global temperature, it’s there and easily digestible.
So what are your students interested in weather wise? Hurricane wind-speed? Climate change? The angle of the sun? You can quickly find data for these topics and more at WolframAlpha. Have fun!
How else can we leverage WolframAlpha’s awesome weather and climate-related data aggregation in the math classroom?