Name ________________________________ Period ___ Date ______________ Web Quest: U.S. Cities & Climate Factors On the Royal High School’s Library’s Homepage at: http://www.rhs.simi.k12.ca.us/RHSLibrary/RHSLibrary.html Click on –Science -Earth & Space Science -Climate/Weather/Meteorology -Climates of the World: World Climate Zones -North America -United States -California Weather -San Diego Weather 1. Record in the table the Average temperatures for January through December. Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec 2. Search the Internet for San Diego’s latitude. _________ Go back to U.S. Cities and click on Texas weather, now click n Dallas-Ft. Worth weather. 3. Do the same procedure that you did in problem 1 with Dallas’s temperatures. Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec 4. Search the Internet for Dallas-Ft Worth’s latitude. ___________ 5. How do San Diego’s and Dallas’s latitudes compare? 6. If the latitudes are similar then why is there such a difference in their average temperatures? 7. Now click on Houston, Texas weather and record data as above. Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec The latitude and longitude for Houston Texas is 29oN and 95oW. 8. Click now on Nebraska Weather and Omaha (north) weather and record data. Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec The latitude and longitude for Omaha, Nebraska is 41oN and 95oW. 9. Why is the temperature (averages) so much different between these two cities that have nearly identical longitudes? Name ________________________________ Period ___ Date ______________ 10. Now go to Arizona Weather and click on Phoenix and record data. Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec 11. Go back to Arizona weather and click on Flagstaff and record data. Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec 12. What climatic factor would cause a difference in these two Arizona cities? 13. How does latitude affect climate? 14. How does elevation affect climate? 15. How do mountains affect climate? 16. How do large bodies of water affect climate? Now go back to Weather and Meteorology Main Topics and click on Global Climates. 17. What two marine west coast cities are being compared? ___________________ and ________________________ 18. What city gets more precipitation? __________________________ Bonus Question: How many inches of rain fall in a year in the city in question #18? Remember there are 2.54 centimeters in 1 inch. Please show your work. Bonus Extension Activity (to be done after assigned work is done): Input Data from above into Excel program and create line graphs for each data pair. This means there should be two lines on each graph that you do. You can have up to three graphs, but make sure that the graphs are on three different pages and that they are labeled and identified correctly. If you are having printer problems email the pages to Mr. Hixon.
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