Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Camp #3 – Weather Day

Weather Day, as a theme, has appeared in various forms over the 10 years of Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy.

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When weather turns ugly, it’s always good to have a weather-related activity (in the storm safe basement storage room) to assuage Campers’ fears.

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When there are white puffy clouds …

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…we MUST lay on our back and find the menagerie jumping around in the stratosphere.

This year, we decided that we would actually spend some time learning about wind, air pressure, temperature and all other things related to Weather.

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Naturally, we turned to our in-house weather expert….Grampy.

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In our house (well, in anyone’s house), Grampy is the one we all turn to when we want an accurate weather forecast.   Grampy turns to Accu-weather.

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The kids were eager to start the day.

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Grampy explained the lines, colors and squiggles on the day’s weather forecast.

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Kevin got busy programming the weather stations.

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Cooper started on the anemometer

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Sophie listened attentively … and Luci wore a moustache….

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Just kidding.  Luci did wear the mustache all morning, but she was listening too.

 

Although it was a beautiful summer day,

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we spent time filling in our Weather Charts,

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setting up our Weather Stations,

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and identifying different weather patterns.

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We were going to make barometers out of coffee cans and balloons, but, because these kids are such over-achievers, they spent the bulk of their time acting out their favorite weather terms.

Like…

Advection

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The horizontal transport of air, moisture or other atmospheric properties 

Altimeter

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An active instrument used to measure the altitude of an object

Altitude

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Height expressed as the distance above a reference point, which is normally sea level or ground level

 

Calm

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The absence of apparent motion 

Downslope wind

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Air that descends an elevated plain and consequently warms and dries

 

Hydrology

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 The study of the waters of the earth 

Maritime Air Mass

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An air mass that forms over water.

 

Spray

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 An ensemble of water droplets torn by the wind from an extensive body of water, generally from the crests of waves

 

Tornado

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 A violent rotating column of air

Vortex

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An atmospheric feature that tends to rotate

Wave

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A disturbance on the surface of a liquid body, as the sea or a lake

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And so, as the sun set on Weather Day, Grampy and I were confident that our meteorologist Grand-kids were well-versed in all things weather.

Over-achievers….

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(1) Comment and (1) Reply

  1. Angela | April 22, 2014 at 9:04 am | Reply

    As a meteorologist, I must say, this looks like the best weather camp EVER! No really, congrats on the success of the day. This was a wonderful post.

    @texassky

    Here by way of OMSH

    • jill | April 22, 2014 at 10:18 am | Reply

      Thank you SO much!!! My husband says I don’t always know when to come out of the rain, so that is rare praise (As you can imagine, I will let him know that our Weather Day was approved by a meteorologist!!)

      Thanks again!! (and LOVE OMSH, so we also have that in common!!)

      Have a great day!

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