Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Extreme winter storms have battered the United States.
  • The weather is being influenced by the polar jet stream.
  • When the polar jet stream moves south, it can cause extreme winter conditions.
  • Climate scientists aim to learn more about the jet stream so they can predict future storms more accurately.

Curriculum keywords

  • US Winter Storms
  • Cold Snap
  • Extreme Weather

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Spark a discussion

  • What are the effects of extreme winter storms?
  • What is the cause of the winter storms? And how does this influence extreme weather in the US?
  • Why do we need to predict future cold snaps?

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