Climate and Ecology
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Keeping a Weather Log.
Students collect weather reports from the
New Haven Register
New York Times
to establish a weather log. T is can be done as a class effort or with multiple teams of four students. Maintain tables for maximum high and maximum low temperatures, precipitation, wind direction, and high and low pressure systems for Connecticut or elsewhere. Plot data on graph paper for temperature and precipitation. These data are compared with climate data for Connecticut available from the National Weather Service. Discussion of weather data should bring out the fact that weather conditions are highly variable from one year to the next. Average conditions are determined by keeping records over many years. Consider also the biological adaptations of Connecticut’s plants and animals to our northern temperate climate, including deciduous trees shedding leaves, annual, biennial, and perennial growth habits, and animal hibernation and migration.