The 18th Annual Sky Awareness Week (SAW) celebration will be held April 19-25, 2009. Its theme will be ...
"THE SKY- Where Meteorology Meets the
Heavens and the Earth!"
Since 1991, more than 40 states and the District of Columbia have issued proclamations in support of this important celebration. The National Weather Service, The National Weather
Association, The National Science Teachers Association,
the National Science Foundation, The
Weather Channel and NASA's 'SCOOL (STUDENTS' CLOUD OBSERVATIONS ON-LINE) Project are among the many organizations that have collaborated with us in this effort!
SAW allows teachers, students, parents, home schoolers, senior care centers, nature center staff, meteorologists and others to look toward the sky on an individual, family or group basis. In doing so, they can...
- learn how to read the sky (first by learning cloud types
and their weather, and then by forecasting from them)
- understand sky processes (water cycle, sky color, rainbows).
- appreciate the sky's natural beauty.
- protect the sky as a natural resource (it's the only one
- see how meteorology, astronomy, geology, oceanography, and hydrology blend with other sciences to create our environment (something that is especially important when assessing climate change)
As always, SAW falls during the same time of year as Mathematics Awareness Month, National Science and Technology Week - this year honoring exemplary math-science teachers, National Park Week, Earth Day, Arbor Day (state dependent) and Astronomy Day. In 1997, NOAA launched a new geostationary weather satellite during SAW.
SAW encourages people across the nation and around the world to notice the myriad of cloud types, ranging from fair weather cumulus puffs to high-flying cirrus streamers. Late spring is a time when most places experience their most dramatic and changeable skies. In addition to making their own weather forecasts, just as farmers and explorers used to do, we hope that people will notice that the sky is not the same color blue every day. These changes, albeit subtle, are often tied to the movement of weather systems and accumulations and transport of atmospheric pollutants. The list of "things" in the sky also includes birds, airplanes, hot air balloons, the sun, the moon and stars. And, we can appreciate all of these and often gain an upbeat feeling just by LOOKING UP! For more ideas and to learn more about SAW 2009 check out the links below (note that some may not be fully functional as they are being updated at this time):
You can also contact us for more information via:
Barbara G. Levine
H. Michael Mogil
HOW THE WEATHERWORKS
1104 6th Street South
Naples, FL 34102
We also offer for purchase a comprehensive sky study guide, cloud charts (including a newly updated one for middle school and above), cloud postcards, and other low-cost sky-related materials.
This page was last updated on February 24, 2009.