Geography 103: Weather

Exercises and Links to Weather Sites





An excellent source for weather maps is the web site At this site you can find surface data, upper level meteorological data, satellite images, radar data and forecasts for the US and Canada. There are also extensive instructions for reading and interpreting these maps.


Another excellent source of weather maps and information is the National Weather Service. By clicking on a map of the U.S. you can obtain local weather data and forecasts for any part of the country. Weather forecasts for California cities can also be found through the NWS site.


NCEP (National Center for Environmental Prediction) which is part of NWS (the National Weather Center) provides daily weather maps in pdf format through their web site.


The Geography Department at CSUN operates weather stations locally. The CSUN weather page is located at



Exercise 1. Current weather at CSUN.


Exercise 2A. Hourly weather records from CSUN: Temperature.


Exercise 2B. Hourly weather records from CSUN: Temperature and solar radiation.


Exercise 2C. Hourly weather records from CSUN: Temperature and relative humidity.


Exercise 3. Reading a weather map


Exercise 4. The 500 mb height chart


Exercise 5. Temperatures, pressures and winds at 18000 ft.


Exercise 6. The 1000 - 500 mb thickness chart.


Exercise 7. An 850 mb temperature chart.


Exercise 8. Winds at 300 mb.


Exercise 9. Surface weather charts.


Exercise 10. Los Angeles weather.


Sounding Exercises How to read, understand and construct a Stuve diagram.


Helen Cox, 2004.

Last updated Aug 29, 2005.