Students returned to the lab and recorded their measurements on a table that was posted on the board at the front of the lab room. Once all the students had posted their observations, the class plotted the temperature values at all 21 points on the campus map and performed an isothermal analysis (one degree Fahrenheit contour interval). The resulting pattern has been seen to change on a daily basis, reflecting changes in prevailing weather, wind direction, and building heat and traffic patterns. In addition, there are numerous elevation changes from one side of the University campus to the other, adding additional temperature effects related to altitude change.
After analyzing the temperature pattern, students discussed the probable causes for the current pattern of warm and cold. These lead directly to a discussion on microclimate and heat island effects, both important topics in the Intro Meteorology curriculum.
One example of an analyzed map, from the Spring, 2006 semester, is included in this abstract (Fig. 1). Additional examples from the Spring and Fall, 2006 semesters will be presented at the conference.