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Weather experiment learning to forecast at home

Posted at 5:55 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 06:59:49-04

GRAND RAPIDS — Everyday our Fox 17 meteorologists have a weather forecast for you, but how do they put it together so we know what to expect for the day? All our meteorologists spend a lot of time behind the scenes preparing our forecast before you all see it on TV! There's actually a lot that goes into it. We start by looking at several different computer models that basically do a bunch of different math equations and spit out different versions for what the future weather can be, then we check on the current conditions, radar and surface maps along with a few other parameters before compiling it all together with our own knowledge to form our final forecast! We really have to understand how the specific climate works in West Michigan to forecast better!

Today you will get to create a forecast at home and you'll be able to then deliver the forecast to your family each day! Here is what you need to get started.

-markers
-tape
-cube sheets
-forecast sheet

Step 1: Print off cube and forecast sheets

Click HERE for the cube sheet
Click HERE for the forecast sheet

Step 2: Complete forecast sheet

Step 3: Label 2 cube sheets with numbers and one cube sheet with weather words

Step 4: Build cubes

Step 5: Deliver the forecast everyday to family!

If you want to be like all the Fox 17 meteorologists you can now build your own forecast at home! Make sure to print off our forecast sheet and cube sheets to get started and deliver the forecast to your family everyday! Send our meteorologist Candace Monacelli your pictures doing this experiments at home! She will feature future meteorologists on her Facebook page daily!