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Classroom Resources: Weather

Get to know the National Weather Service in Boulder

Learn about the National Weather Service office in Boulder, CO

Obtenga más información sobre la oficina local de pronóstico del tiempo en Boulder, Colorado

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

3rd - 5th Grade

Middle School

High School/College

Next Generation Science Standards

Grade Level


NOAA Boulder Science


K-ESS2-1 – Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.


K-ESS3-2 – Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather.


K-ESS3-3 – Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.

NOAA Boulder forecasters in the Weather Forecasting Office predict weather for Northeast Colorado and issue watches and warnings when severe weather occurs.


NOAA Boulder researches work to understand how our climate is changing, and how to predict the impact of flood and drought.


2-ESS1-1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.


2-ESS2-1 – Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.

NOAA Observes weather events using satellites, radar weather balloons and instruments on the ground. Forecasters observe storms and fronts over hours, days, and seasonal change over months.


3-ESS2-1 – Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.


3-ESS2-2 – Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.


3-ESS3-1 – Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.

NOAA creates 30 year “climate normals” for the United States.


The National Weather Service works with local communities to be prepared for severe weather that may occur.


4-PS3-2 – Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.


4-ESS2-1 – Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.

Heat and light from the sun provide the energy that fuels weather systems around the world.


The National Weather Service in Boulder is especially concerned about the loss of vegetation after wildfires that can lead to flash flooding for years after the fire occurs.


5-ESS2-1 – Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.

NOAA Boulder scientists study the boundary layer interactions to better understand the whole earth system.

Middle School

MS-ESS2-5 – Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.


MS-ESS2-6 – Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.


MS-ESS2-5 – MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.

National Weather Service forecasters observe the movement of air masses to predict changing weather.


NOAA Boulder scientists study the physics of the atmosphere and interaction between solar radiation, atmosphere, and ocean circulations to create weather and climate models.


NOAA Boulder forecasters communicate with emergency managers and community partners about future weather hazards.

High School

HS-ESS2-4 – Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.


HS-ESS2-5 – Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.

NOAA Boulder researchers use their knowledge of energy in the earth system to refine climate prediction models.


NOAA Boulder scientists predict and monitor floods and drought, and work with community partners to address impacts from water extremes.