WINTER Educational Resources


Air. Planet. People. 


NSF/NCAR C-130 Missed Appraoch for Research Purposes



Air Quality Teaching Box 

Teaching Boxes are themed collections of classroom-ready educational resources to build student understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Resources highlighted within teaching boxes are from various science education programs and all have been vetted by the education team at the UCAR Center for Science Education.

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Winter Weather Teaching Box

Winter weather may cancel school, but it’s also an opportunity to learn science. This teaching box is filled with hands-on activities that get primary grade students to learn the science of winter weather including concepts of earth science. Explore the educational resources in this teaching box and bring snow and ice into your classroom!

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The Troposphere - Overview

The troposphere is the lowest layer of Earth's atmosphere. Most of the mass (about 75-80%) of the atmosphere is in the troposphere. Most types of clouds are found in the troposphere, and almost all weather occurs within this layer.

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Windows to the Universe :: Ozone

Ozone is a special kind of oxygen molecule. Normal oxygen molecules (O2), the kind we need to breathe, have two oxygen atoms. Ozone molecules (O3) have three oxygen atoms. Ozone forms when a photon of ultraviolet (UV) "light" from the Sun strikes a normal oxygen molecule, breaking it apart. One of the atoms freed by this photodissociation process attaches itself to another oxygen molecule, converting it into ozone.

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UCAR MetEd :: Atmospheric Composition (free login required)

 The best-known application with the longest established contribution from satellites is stratospheric ozone monitoring. This continues to be important as we monitor the anticipated recovery of the ozone layer.

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UCAR MetEd :: Winter Weather Distance Learning Course (free login required)

Winter weather presents many challenges to the forecaster. This self-paced, distance learning course addresses the scientific aspects of a few of those challenges: microphysics, precipitation type, precipitation amount, and applications of NWP ensembles.

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UCAR MetEd :: Weather and Health (free login required)

This course will help meteorologists and others broaden their understanding of the impacts of weather and climate on public health, including the impacts of heat waves and cold temperatures, winter storms and thunderstorms, flooding, drought, poor air quality, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfire, UV radiation, and others. 

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