The Effect of Increased Water Temperature and Air Temperature on the Increased Amount of Severe Weather

Organization(s):West Haven High School
Student(s):Alyson Rairan and Amanda Miller
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
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Report Type(s):Standard Research Report
Date Submitted:05/10/2012

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Cove River is 15.28 acres long and belongs to the City of West Haven . Cove River is a freshwater body run-off from the salt water of Long Island Sound. Cove River is considered a watershed and consists of many deciduous trees and shrubs. The purpose of this experiment is to investigate the climate change of West Haven and the effect of increased severe weather. This experiment will be investigated by taking water and air temperature over a extended time period . This data will be analyzed to see if there is an increase which may lead to the more severe weather patterns. For example, in August 2011, Hurricane Irene moved through the city of West Haven, a rare event for this city. The chance of severe weather is related to the increase in temperatures in our city.


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What time of day did you take your measurements? Was it the same time every day? This can especially affect the air temperatures. Also, did you consider using a shelter for taking the air temperature measurements, as described in the GLOBE protocol for air temperature?

Posted on 5/11/12 6:22 PM.