American Meteorological DataStreme Course

Its been a while since I last posted and I need to apologize for that. I’ve been trying to keep up the blog by posting various small articles. Hopefully some of these have been helpful to my readers.  Why I’ve been a bit behind is because school has been very busy and I took a course this semester. I decided last spring I would take the DataStreme course from AMS.

The course is offered by the AMS (American Meteorological Society),  and given in both the fall and spring. I decided to take the fall since I teach a meteorological unit in the spring. There are two other course offered, one on oceans and the other on climate. The DataStreme covers all meteorological topics. Something I believed I needed a better background in so I could teach it next spring.

The course, DataStreme Atmosphere – focuses on the study of the atmospheric environment; DataStreme Ocean – explores the ocean in the Earth system;  and  DataStreme Earth’s Climate System (ECS) –  incorporates inquiry-based instructional strategies and a holistic concept of Earth from oceanic, atmospheric and terrestrial climate and problem-focused perspectives.


It was a pretty intense course but well worth the effort and time I put into it. I feel very confident now teaching some of the topics of our meteorological unit.  As I said before I decided to take the course because I teach a 4 – 5 week unit on meteorology in the spring. The resources alone were a great help. Many of the maps and data we used can be found on the National Weather Service and NOAA websites. We used the AMS textbook “Weather Studies”. The newer edition is digital but you can still get an older edition at Amazon.  This was a great resource! I would recommend it to anyone who needs a resource for this topic. It does go into some weather concepts in depth. And this might be a bit too in depth, but it gives you a good foundation for the topics. Definitely a great tool for teaching.

Part of the course was the ability to visit different organizations and their offices. We had to meet 3 times in person. It was worth the effort and travel. Our first meeting was at  WRAL and we meet with Mike Moss. We went through the studio and Mr. Moss talked to us about his daily requirements when working a shift at the Weather Desk. He was very informative and great to talk to. Our next meeting was at the beach, Moorehead City/Newport NWS Forecast office. Here we spoke with NWS meteorologists and helped launch a weather balloon. Another great time and very informative.

WRAL        NWS

Our last meeting was held at the NC State Climate Office. Our guest speaker talked about the weather network the office had set up throughout NC.  Part of the which can be accessed at this link . Our conversation included the importance of these stations and Farmers.  Working on minimum  funds they were doing a pretty good job. One thing about all our visits, the people who spoke offered to come to our schools to speak with our students. Something that can be very helpful when teaching the topic.

Overall the experience in this class was good. One thing I would remind people is that it does take a lot of independent work on your part when completing the course material. I’m actually thinking about joining the oceans courses next semester. We’ll see. Check out the course webpage for more information if you are interested.


About rippie77

Science Teacher at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh NC.

Posted on December 22, 2015, in Class Ideas, DataStreme, Earth Science, Meteorlogy, Teacher Ideas, Teacher Strategies and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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