Why Does the Wind Blow?

When you tell people you know why the wind blows, it won't be a bunch of hot air. In the video from PBS Digital Studios, viewers learn how wind is a consequence of differences in air pressure. Along the way, the video covers the Coriolis effect and convection currents.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video during a lesson on meteorology
  • View current weather maps to predict direction of wind
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners should have knowledge of the Coriolis effect
  • Video covers a variety of concepts, so your class is sure to stay engaged
  • Animation of winds on a globe will amaze learners
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