TEMPEST is a database of historical weather extremes in the UK. Bring these stories to your classroom with our user guide.
TEMPEST - Tracking Extremes of Meteorological Phenomena Experienced in Space and Time – is a publicly accessible online database that contains a wealth of information on historical weather events and their implications as recorded through historical documentary sources in a set of case studies around the UK. It is part of an AHRC funded project, Spaces of Experience and Horizons of Expectation: Extreme weather in the UK, past, present and future.
This resource has been produced to encourage #GeographyTeacher at primary level, to use the database to explore extreme and unusual weather across the UK and in their local area. You can explore where and how events such as heatwaves, drought, of flash flood affect people and place. The resource has been produced by primary geography specialist Dr Paula Owen.
This module contains three lessons:
Lesson one: What is TEMPEST?
Lesson two: Tornadoes in the UK?
Lesson three: A year without summer
The key aim is to encourage use of the database in the classroom. In lesson one, you will investigate how to use TEMPEST and what is extreme weather. In lesson two, you will understand what tornadoes are, where they have occured in the UK and how they impact local areas. In lesson three, you will explore 'the year without summer' and how global events can impact local weather experiences.
If you'd like to find out more about TEMPEST and extreme weather in the UK, past and present. You can:
Listen to our Ask the Geographer podcast with Professor Georgina Endfield
Read Dealing with the deluge of historical weather data: the example of the TEMPEST database
Read 'Situation 1816, the 'year without summer' in the UK'
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