This activity can be used to compare the weather in Birmingham to the weather in other areas of the world. The 'Collected Data' area is particularly useful because it contains weather data from January 2000 which can be downloaded into a spreadsheet so that pupils can carry out some sophisticated analysis answering questions like:
What was the wettest month?Is June always the hottest month?Does it always rain more at the beginning of the month?Is the wind direction connected to precipitation?Is the humidity always higher on hot days?Does the pressure have any effect on wind speed or wind direction?
Pupil NotesThe weather information is collected daily from Hams Hall Environmental Study Centre. Hams Hall is on the eastern edge of Birmingham.
If you click on Measuring the Weather you can find out how to make some of the equipment that can be used to measure some of the properties of the weather.
You may find that your school has an automatic recording device like an Ecolog which can be used to measure the temperature, humidity and light over a ten day period. You can then compare your figures to those on the BGfL.
If you would like to make some comparisons between the weather today and the weather last week click on the Collected Data button.