Climate Report
Report about the climate someplace


Demonstrate your understanding of atmospheric processes.


The latitude, altitude, and topography of a location determine its climate.  Although no place on Earth is exactly like any other, similarities allow grouping into climate classes with similar weather patterns and geographic conditions.  Specific weather events spring from unique one-time factors as well as prevailing conditions.  This project is a description of the climate at one particular location.

What to Do

Research the climate of your chosen location.  Briefly report on your location’s climate to the class.

Dates and Deadlines

Jan 10Project introduced
Jan 11In-class oral presentations


Describe the area’s climate and the factors responsible for it.

Geographic data

Identify the location’s position on Earth (latitude, longitude, elevation).  Display (graphs would be especially nice) the day length and highest sun angle at the solstices and equinoxes.  All data should be correct and presented in a clear and accessible fashion.

Weather data

State yearly average precipitation and its year-to-year variability.  Display (graphs would be especially nice) average monthly precipitation, average monthly temperature, and average monthly high and low temperatures.  Holistically describe the climate, including special features not found in the numbers (precipitation is mostly from infrequent summer thunderstorms, the area is prone to hurricanes, very windy in the winter, etc.).  Clarifying graphics are encouraged.

Climate class

State the Köppen class symbol for the region.  Name and explain the phrase description.  Explicitly match the characteristics of the region’s climate to the definition of the Köppen class.  Explain how the physics and geographic features of the region produce that climate.


Describe the setting and climate of the area.  Locate it on the globe, describe its seasonal precipitation and temperature patterns, and identify its Köppen climate class.

Your presentation shall be understandable and factually correct.  Speak audibly and with animation, and maintain eye contact with your audience.

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