What's The Air Forecast?

Activity 9 (Elaborate): Making an Air Quality Prediction

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Activity Summary

In this activity, students learn how meteorologists make air quality predictions based on air pollution and weather modeling. Then they use what they have learned to make their own an air quality forecast.

Activity Objectives & Materials

Approximate Time: 45-60 minutes


  • Students will be able to make an AQI prediction using data from a variety of information sources including weather conditions



  • Computer & projector

  • Student computers (highly recommended)


  • AQI prediction guide

Standards Connection




1. Frame the Activity


2. Introduction to Air Quality Prediction

3. Part 1: The NWS Air Quality Computer Model


4. Part 2: NWS Weather Forecast

5. Part 3: Adjusting the Forecast Based On The Weather

6. Part 4: Adjusting the Forecast For Incoming Pollution (optional)

7. Discuss Adjustments In Small Groups

8. Formative Assessment


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Rebecca Davis, Education Manager


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