Dynamic Weather Forecaster
A weather forecasting exercise that automatically grades by collecting 24-hour weather data from Unidata
The Dynamic Weather Forecaster is a forecasting exercise created by meteorology faculty at Iowa State with technical implementation by Pete Boysen. It allows students to submit professional-level forecasts that are automatically graded by connecting to the weather data stream that comes to Iowa State from Unidata. Unidata is a branch of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research that has been tasked with providing real time weather data to meteorology programs around the world.
The tool has been used in classes at ISU since the late 1990s and by students in other schools, including St Cloud State and San Francisco State Universities. Its pedagogical use has been demonstrated in several peer-reviewed publications. With Pete's upcoming retirement, there is an urgent need to move the activity to a platform that will continue to be supported by technical staff at ISU. Pete has urged that the activity be moved into ThinkSpace where it should work well. The first step would be to port the activity as it now stands into ThinkSpace. Next, the activity can be expanded and made more flexible based on valuable user feedback that we have received in the past few years. The proposed changes would enhance the activity and make it more relevant in an age where sources of weather forecasts via the internet have become more abundant but not necessarily more scientifically sound. For students to learn about processes important in forecasting the weather will give them a better understanding as well of processes influencing global climate change. The Dynamic Weather Forecaster is uniquely designed to provide this valuable learning experience. Each year, roughly 400 ISU students would be using this activity.
10/28/14 Update: Funding identified by LAS College for further development. Anticipated delivery Fall 2015.
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|Proposed by:||Cinzia Cervato|
|Created:||27 May 2014|
|Last Updated:||28 Oct 2014|
Yes - Other / Departmental
LAS College funds
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