The word "meteorology" comes from the Greek word "meteōron", which means "of the sky!"

Our weather is important to astronomy, not only because it affects our observations, but also because it helps us understand weather on other planets.

EARTH WEATHER ACTIVITY

BUILD YOUR OWN WEATHER STATION

Here's a resource that shows you how you yourself can monitor the weather!  Loads of fun!  And useful too!

NOAA's: Build Your Own Weather Station

EARTH WEATHER POSTERS

ATTN: EDUCATORS!  These free posters (high-res PDF's) from NASA and NOAA make great additions to any classroom!

NOAA's Introduction to Clouds & Sky Watcher Chart

NOAA's Large Marine Ecosystems of the World

GOES / POES Wild World of Clouds

GOES / POES Wild World of Weather Game

A NOAA GOES Look at Hurricane Katrina

EARTH WEATHER

CURRENT GLOBAL CLOUD-COVER
(from GoogleMaps)

TODAY'S GLOBAL CLOUD COVER
image credit: National Research Laboratory, US Dept of the Navy

To view larger, click on the map above or  click here.

CURRENT WORLDWIDE WINDS

Want to learn about clouds and have fun doing it?  Try NASA's  Cloud Match Game.  Don't forget to check out its "About Clouds" section.

TODAY'S LAND SURFACE TEMPERATURE
image credit: NOAA, US Dept of Commerce & SkyMarvels™

To view, click on the map above or  click here.

TODAY'S SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE
image credit: NOAA, US Dept of Commerce & SkyMarvels™

To view, click on the map the above or  click here.

TODAY'S TOTAL PRECIPITABLE WATER
image credit: NOAA, US Dept of Commerce & SkyMarvels™

To view, click on the map the above or  click here.

TODAY'S SNOW & ICE COVER
image credit: NOAA, US Dept of Commerce

To view, click on the map the above or  click here.

TODAY'S DROUGHT RISK
image credit: NOAA, US Dept of Commerce & SkyMarvels™

To view, click on the map the above or  click here.

Also check this great interactive tool:  NASA's Eyes on the Earth.  (Requires: JAVA.)

EARTH WEATHER VIDEOS

SEASONS ON EARTH
video credit: NOAA, US Dept of Commerce

To view the above video in a larger size,  click here.

THE OCEAN:
Driving Force for Weather and Climate

video credit: NASA

To view the above video in a larger size,  click here.

RIVERS IN THE ATMOSPHERE
video credit: NOAA, US Dept of Commerce

To view the above video in a larger size,  click here.

SATELLITES MONITOR LA NIÑA IN THE PACIFIC
video credit: NOAA, US Dept of Commerce

To view the above video in a larger size,  click here.

THE DEAD ZONE
video credit: NOAA, US Dept of Commerce

To view the above video in a larger size,  click here.

THE OTHER CARBON DIOXIDE PROBLEM
video credit: NOAA, US Dept of Commerce

To view the above video in a larger size,  click here.

ARCTIC SEA ICE REACHES THE THIRD LOWEST EXTENT ON RECORD IN 2010
video credit: NOAA, US Dept of Commerce

To view the above video in a larger size,  click here.

ARCTIC'S RECORD-BREAKING ICE MELT 2012
video credit: NOAA, US Dept of Commerce

To view the above video in a larger size,  click here.

2013 ARCTIC SEA ICE MAX IS 5TH LOWEST
video credit: NASA / NOAA, US Dept of Commerce

To view the above video in a larger size,  click here.

WEATHER SATELLITE ORBITS
video credit: NOAA, US Dept of Commerce

To view the above video in a larger size,  click here.

DIRECT LINKS TO OTHER NASA VIDEOS

You must have the noted player installed to view these.  Note: you might have to click on these more than once, as some NASA servers (like http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov in particular) can be temperamental and slow to connect.  If a video does not load, try again at another time.

GEOS-5 Modeled Clouds at 7-km Global Resolution.  (Windows Media Player or QuickTime)  Video Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. The Blue Marble Next Generation data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC) and NASA's Earth Observatory.

Towers in the Tempest.  Amazing Visualizations of Hurricanes!  (QuickTime)  Video Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Annual Minimum Sea Ice Extent 1979-2012.  This is more than a bit sobering!  (QuickTime)  Video Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Global Rotation Showing Seasonal Landcover and Arctic Sea Ice.  (QuickTime)  Video Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. The Blue Marble Next Generation data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC) and NASA's Earth Observatory.


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FUN FACTS

Some estimates suggest that our home planet experiences over 8,000,000 (eight million) lightning strikes PER DAY!

Earth's atmosphere can hold an impressive amount of water vapor .  On average, if it all fell as rain at one time, it would be enough to cover our entire planet's surface to a depth of about an inch!

On average, about 40% of our planet is covered with clouds at any time!

EARTH WEATHER INTERACTIVES

NullSchool's awesome  Current Worldwide Winds (and more)

NASA's  Cloud Match Game

The EPA's  The Water Cycle

NASA/JPL's  Sea Level Viewer

NOAA Site's Link to  Aim a Hurricane

NOAA's  Earth Climate Zones

NOAA's  El Nino / La Nina

NOAA / NWS  Climate Prediction Center GIS Portal