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Science Unit 6 Investigating Weather

Atmosphere air that surrounds the Earth; made of a mixture of gases
Cloud cover  the amount of sky obscured (covered) by clouds
Compass an instrument containing a magnetized pointer, showing the direction of magnetic north; used to get bearings
Meteorologist   a scientist who studies the weather
Precipitation water that falls to the Earth’s surface as rain, snow, sleet, or hail
Rain gauge a tool for collecting and measuring the amount of precipitation that falls
Temperature a way of measuring how hot or cold something is; temperature is measured using either the Fahrenheit (F) or Celsius (C) scale
Weather  day-to-day condition of the atmosphere in an area; weather has short-term variations (minutes to weeks)
Wind speed how fast the air is moving; wind speed is commonly measured with an anemometer
Wind vane a weather instrument used to show the direction of the wind; often ornamental