Just how silly is a 45-day weather forecast? And while we’re at it, just how good is a 2-day forecast?

Artifact I've got bad news for everyone here in the Fort Collins area: there's a chance of showers on Labor Day (September 2). It's a shame because the following Monday (September 9) shows a mostly sunny day, with a high of 77 degrees. (I am writing this on August 8.) Seriously, AccuWeather? Yes, AccuWeather is … Continue reading Just how silly is a 45-day weather forecast? And while we’re at it, just how good is a 2-day forecast?

What? How do YOU spend your two-hour school delays?, Water Content in a Snow Cylinder

As anyone in town for NCTM in Denver know, it's been a bit snowy here this week. In fact, Fort Collins just had its biggest snowfall of the year. But how big? We had a two hour school delay this morning as my daughter and I were greeted by this on our back doorstep. "Wow … Continue reading What? How do YOU spend your two-hour school delays?, Water Content in a Snow Cylinder

How does one provide the complex data of global warming to students?

Update (3/12/2013): An atmospheric scientist friend of mine, Katie, suggested a few edits to this post, primarily to clear up a few of the tools listed here. The edits are in bold.My initial thesis on this post was originally going to be "why don't teachers let students investigate global warming very often?" While this may … Continue reading How does one provide the complex data of global warming to students?

Based on this plot, can you tell me when it started snowing? Or, can we fit a sine curve to it?

Now, I'm biased of course since I got a MS degree in Atmospheric Science, but I feel like weather and climate is one of the biggest untapped wells of potential math problems. I think there are two reasons for that (aside from the "lack of expertise" / "it's not in the textbook" angles): 1) The … Continue reading Based on this plot, can you tell me when it started snowing? Or, can we fit a sine curve to it?