Why Does it Get Colder on a Clear Night than a Cloudy Night?

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Clouds are nature's insulator! A lab investigation asks learners to use an infrared thermometer to measure differences in infrared temperatures. They find that pointing the thermometer at a cloud has a much different result than pointing it at a clear sky.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Track nightly temperatures related to weather patterns for an extended amount of time; compare data from cloudy and clear nights
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires previous study of radiation and thermal energy
  • Review safety precautions for working with lasers
Pros

  • Includes a detailed teaching guide to help prepare for instruction
  • Provides questioning strategies to use during the lesson
Cons

  • None
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