23 Creating and Interpreting a Climograph by nuhman10


									Creating and Interpreting a Climograph
Climographs are a graphic way of displaying climate information;
specifically, average temperature and precipitation. They are a
valuable tool in studying climate, but also can be used to infer
connections between climate and human conditions.

What can temperature and precipitation information tell us about the way people live in different
locations? Remember that weather is the state of the atmosphere, at any given moment in time,
with regard to temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind, humidity, precipitation, and cloudiness,
while climate is the average of weather conditions for a given location over a period of time.
How is your life affected by the climate of the place where you live? What specific things are
strongly influenced by the climate? Think about such things as the clothing you wear, the
vegetation and animal life of the area, recreation opportunities, etc.

Using the data below, your teacher will assign two locations in Canada. Create a climograph for
each location and answer the following questions for each location:
Climographs of Canadian Cities

   1. What is the warmest month at your location? ____________
   2. What is the average temperature of the coldest month at your location?
   3. Remembering that temperatures vary a great deal during the day, do you think the
      temperature goes below 0oC at any time in April at your location? Why or why not?
   4. What is the driest month at your location? ______________
   5. Is this a good place to visit for a summer vacation? ________
   6. Do they sell many snowmobiles in winter at this location? ___________
   7. What kind of crops could grow at this location without irrigation? Explain your choices.
   8. What kind of natural vegetation would you expect to find at your location
   9. Do you think flooding is a serious risk at this location? Why?
   10. Based on your knowledge of the geography of Canada, where do you think this location
       is? Explain.
   11. Could any of the following be your location? (Circle the possibilities.)
         Vancouver, British Columbia                Winnipeg, Manitoba
         Lethbridge, Alberta                        Churchill, Manitoba
         Kugluktuk, Nunavut                         St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

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