There is a great science lesson waiting to happen right outside your door.  Have your child grab a notebook and follow you.  Have your child identify wind direction, describe sensory information, and sketch the cloud types.  Help them develop a system to record daily data and make a prediction for tomorrow.  

Some things you might encourage noting:


Wispy, thin and high in the sky.  They point in the direction of the wind.  Fair weather.  

Fuzzy bubbles in long rows.  They precede a cold front, often indicating a later storm.

Dark, low hanging.  Light rainfall.

Big cotton balls with clear sky between them.  Usually no rain, but can change to cumolonimbus.

Tall and wide.  Thunderstorm clouds.

Winds from the south typically mean warmer weather is on its way; winds from the north usually indicate a cold front.  East-west winds are tougher to gage.

In the mood for a field trip?  Call your local television station and see if you can swing by to meet with a meteorologist.  Your little weather watcher will enjoy sharing his/her journal & learning a bit more about a possible career in meteorology.