They’re learning how to be prepared for life and that includes being prepared for the weather. In this week’s Weather Lab, we meet Alaska Scout troops 20 and 2026 who are working on earning their weather merit badges.
The first step to the scientific method — after knowing what problem you’re solving — is making observations. In this week’s Weather Lab Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey visited Bear Valley Elementary School where making observations comes naturally to third graders.
It wasn’t just meteorology day at Spring Hill, it was also Lorax Day as the students were celebrating The Lorax author, Dr. Seuss all week. With their bushy and colorful mustaches, and eyebrows attached, the students learned what causes extreme weather and even worked to make the sounds of a thunderstorm in their cafeteria.
In this week’s weather lab the second graders at Government Hill Elementary were able to translate the weather forecast into Spanish because they are a part of the school’s two-way dual language immersion program.
In this week’s Weather Lab Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey visited Bowman Elementary School in Anchorage. From earth science to chemistry to engineering, these fourth graders have been working hard on science this year and are now learning more about meteorology.
These third graders have already learned about the water cycle and will be learning more about clouds later this year, but first, Melissa stopped by to show them what it’s like to be a meteorologist and the instruments she uses to forecast the weather.
In this week’s weather lab, Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey visited Rogers Park Elementary School in Anchorage. She says it’s obvious these fourth, fifth, and sixth graders have been working hard in science.The students knew all about clouds and the tools used to forecast the weather. This year, they’ve been studying everything from the water cycle, to how Anchorage’s weather compares to the rest of the globe and how the weather impacts ecosystems and watersheds.
This week the Alaska’s News Source Weather Lab visited Homestead Elementary school. These third graders have been working hard this year to learn all about clouds. They got to share with Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey all that they’ve learned so far, and she got to show them what clouds reveal about the atmosphere and how she uses that information to forecast the weather.
From blizzards to former typhoons, tsunamis to volcano eruptions, earthquakes to wildfires, the weather in Alaska is extreme. The students who live in those conditions are curious about the weather that directly impacts them. Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey meets the students where they are and teaches them a little more about the world they live in.
Whether puffy or thin, dark or light, all clouds are made of the same thing —water! Sometimes the water in clouds is in liquid form as tiny water droplets and sometimes it’s frozen as small ice crystals but either way, when this water is grouped together in the atmosphere, it makes a cloud! Download the activity guide for three fun learning activities.
Students from Aquarian Charter School are learning about the weather this year, including learning about the water cycle, clouds, and different states of matter. In this week’s Weather Lab they learned how rising and sinking air contributes to our weather, including tornadoes.
Do you know how many earthquakes we get in Alaska? That’s what second and third-graders from Rabbit Creek Elementary asked Melissa Frey this week after an earthquake drill happened during their Weather Lab lesson.
The students in Mr. Miller’s astronomy class have the opportunity each week to get out of the classroom and take a trip into space, visiting other planets and even other galaxies through their new planetarium.
On the edge of the tundra and not far from the Kuskokwim River, the morning fog clears over Gladys Jung Elementary in Bethel, while inside, the sixth graders are taking a break from their regular lessons to enter the Weather Lab.
The Alaska’s Weather Source Weather Lab made a special trip this week to Nome Elementary School where the school was closed early Friday to prepare for a major storm, and again Monday to recover from the storm.
In this week’s weather lab the fourth graders are learning how meteorologists monitor the weather across the large state of Alaska, and Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey answers their question of the week: “Why did it rain so much this August?”
The dancing lights floating in the Earth’s polar atmosphere have been captivating skywatchers for centuries, including elementary students in Plamer. In this week’s Weather Lab, the students at Pioneer Peak Elementary School want to know: Why do the northern lights change colors?
Air is all around us! It allows us to breathe, plants to grow and the wind to blow! Today we’re going to learn what air is made of and how it moves! Download the activity guide for fun activities and experiments to learn more!
Meteorologist Jackie Purcell takes viewers to the Alaska Botanical Garden to show some of the flowers blooming there. There is a type of flower in the garden with a special adaptation that enables it to take advantage of the long daylight hours.
Precipitation is an important part of the water cycle. It’s how water gets from the Earth’s atmosphere back to the Earth’s surface. There are five main types of precipitation that fall in both solid and liquid forms. Complete the activities below to learn more about precipitation and make freezing rain at home!
The 2020-2021 school year was anything but normal. Forced to stay home, teachers, students, and parents had to get creative, but the learning never stopped.Thanks to this new virtual video conferencing technology we all know so well at this point, the Weather Lab was still in session, traveling through the internet across Alaska with lessons on meteorology.
From anemometers to windsocks, the first graders in Koyuk Alaska are learning about the tools meteorologists use to track the weather, including making their own weather instruments. They’ve been keeping a close eye on the conditions at their school and how the weather changes daily. Now in the weather lab, they’re learning how the meteorologists at Alaska’s Weather Source also track the conditions on the Seward Peninsula.