It's official: talking about the weather isn't boring! Weather can be terrifying, beautiful and serve as the inspiration for great art, but it’s also interesting from a scientific point of view. In fact all weather can be understood through physics and weather forecasters rely on physics to make their predictions. But the problem is that we can't take into account all the variables that determine what happens in the atmosphere - there are just too many - so weather forecasts can never be 100% accurate. Follow the links below to find out more.
|Make your own tornado|
To mark the Weather theme of Einstein Year this month, the Met Office has produced a set of experiments, quizzes and fact sheets relating to weather, including a quiz which pupils can complete to win a prize.
|Help predict the weather|
Metlink is an internet-based project run by the Royal Meteorological Society. Participants make weather observations once a day for two weeks and exchange them using an online database. If you’d like to take part there’s still time to register. The project runs from 28 February to 11 March and there is no charge.
|EUMETSAT Young Satellite Meteorologist Competition
Europe’s latest weather satellite will be launched in 2005 and you and your friends can win a trip to join in the launch celebrations live at mission headquarters in Germany. For this and a host of other prizes, enter the EUMETSAT Young Satellite Meteorologist Competition, open to students aged 15-16 in schools across Europe (Deadline 31st March). Picture, right: satellite launcher Ariane 5 takes off.
The latest weather, as well as loads of information about how weather works, how it affects us, how to bulid your own weather station, and games. There is also some useful information about careers in weather.
The Met Office
The place to go for expert information on the weather. Includes a huge range of education pages.
Help produce a forecast of the climate in the 21st century by letting your computer do number-crunching when it's not doing anything else.
The Cloud Appreciation Society
If you think clouds are under-rated, check out this lovely site, which extols the virtues of watching clouds.
What causes a hurricane?
Find out with 'How Stuff Works'.
Learn about how weather works and make your own weather station.