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  • AS Unit 2: Extreme Weather The nature and distribution of different types of extreme weather
  • The Geography Dept A level Blog! www.kingsgeography.blogspot.com
  • Development Compass Rose
  • Extreme Weather Events
    • Tornado
    • Hurricane
    • Drought
    • Wildfire
    • Blizzards / Ice Storms
    • Heatwaves
    • Continual Depressions (prolonged wind and rain)
    WHICH TYPE OF EXTREME WEATHER HAS THE MOST IMPACT? WHY? Use the compass rose to sort all the ideas from your group.
  • How can we classify an extreme weather event?
    • Scale : Widespread – small scale/local
    • Development : rapid – slow
    • Duration : Long – short
    • Economic Costs : High – Low
    • Fatalities : High – Low
    • Any other?
  • We all think about and talk about the weather. It affects our decisions and can change our lives….
  • What is the IMPACT of weather?
    • Classify all your DETAILED responses into…
    • SOCIO-CULTURAL ( people and society)
  • Socio-Cultural
    • Accident records from A&E (impact of cold vs hot, especially at festivals, sporting events etc)
    • Health and low-level ozone
    • Impact on sporting activities, e.g.
    • (i) Football – visibility, rain, waterlogged pitch, (ii) Tennis , rain, high winds, visibility
    • (iii) Cricket, rain (heat (problem for players), visibility, humidity (ball swing)
    • (iv) Formula 1 – choice of types: dry vs wet etc
    • Climate change indicators, e.g. dates of: frog spawn, butterflies, bumblebee, ladybird.
    • Dates of appearance, comparison with previous years (‘Springwatch’)
    • Weather conditions and use of water by people and plants
    • Qualitative observations of grass quality / stress due to lack of moisture; plant health, e.g. symptoms of frost, water-logging; plant stress detection glasses
    Environmental / Ecological
    • Sales in stores, e.g. summer vs winter clothing, ice-creams, beer, BBQs.
    • Use of special promotions to meet demand
    • Work – poor weather absences, or loss of days due to good weather (questionnaire at school?)
    • Loss of agricultural output / productivity, e.g correlation of weather (especially drought) to commodity prices, oral histories
    • Window of opportunity, i.e. extension of summer season
    • Issue of water resources, e.g. irrigation of golf-courses
    • Damage to roads in extreme weather, e.g. high intensity rain triggers landslides (susceptibility score)
    • Property damage, e.g. claims on subsidence (drought), windstorm damage, freezing (burst pipe)
    • Costs of abandonment policies for outdoor spectacles
  • Extended Weekly Task … in addition to your own background reading!
    • Keep a weather diary for 7 days
    • (see weather diary exemplars )
    • What should this include? How do I record it?
    • Use the STUDY ROOM with weather station (online soon!)
    • Read into the info sheet on The passing of a depression – this may occur over the next 14 days!
    • Next weeks lesson:
    • This will start with a brief look at WEATHER EXTREMES IN THE UK . You might like to find out for example, the coldest recorded temperature, the wettest place, or the warmest month on record.