Close Relations Weather Climate and Water

This lesson introduces the terms weather and climate, and explores how these relate to the water cycle. Students collect weather data from online sources, local media (weather reports), and their own observations of daily weather to compare weather, climate, and water cycles in Hawai‘i and two other locales. Students will also discuss rainfall and weather patterns during Hawai‘i’s wet and dry seasons. Using a large map of the island, student teams exchange their local weather data and rainfall measurements with schools on neighbor islands. They compare similarities and differences in their local weather, and discuss the impact that weather and climate have on the water cycle in Hawai‘i.

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climate, energy, equator, hooilo, humidity, kau, Kona storm, Kona weather, latitude, leeward, makai, mauka, trade winds, weather, westerlies, windward