A classroom/laboratory activity to calculate the mean daily temperature using hourly temperature data and to compare different statistical techniques for determining this value.
Students will use a given data set to calculate the mean daily temperature of a location, as determined by a meteorologist. They will also discuss weather events that might affect the value of the mean daily temperature.
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
- Given hourly temperatures over a 24-hour period for a particular location, calculate the mean daily temperature using different methods.
- Compare the results obtained from the different methods used (in 1.). Explain the reason for the similarity or difference in the calculated values of mean daily temperature.
About the Tool
|Tool Name||Meteorologist for a day|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Mean, Median, Mode, Range, Inter-quartile Range|
|Climate Topic||Climate Variability Record|
|Type of Tool||Laboratory Activity|
|Grade Level||High School|
|Developed by||Lesley Mackintosh|
|Hosted at||National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand|
(Image Credit: Meteorology and Air Quality Group – WUR, New Zealand)