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IS THERE EVER "TOO MUCH" SUNLIGHT IN OREGON?

An investigation into ultraviolet radiation
By Susan Cowles, Linn-Benton Community College

"There are times in Oregon when it seems that the sun never shines. Does that mean that Oregonians are spared the effects of too much sunlight? Let's investigate." This lesson investigates ultraviolet B radiation (UVB) and its effects on humans. The lesson contains five activities utilizing skills in math, graphing, research, reading, and writing. Information is available for all fifty states, not just Oregon! One activity asks that data be collected over a two-week period. Another asks you to compare ultraviolet radiation levels in Oregon with those of Australia and New Zealand.

OREGON RECREATION AND WEATHER RESOURCES

By Diane Ferris, Portland Community College

"In Oregon, only baseball games are postponed due to rain. All other outdoor events are advertised with a special postscript: this event will take place rain or shine. The implication is to be prepared." This activity presents you with four different scenarios: in each one, a person is planning to take advantage of the outdoor recreational activities that Oregon has to offer. However, the weather might not cooperate with these plans!!! So, you are asked to use Internet-based resources to plan for the conditions you might encounter in the great outdoors!!!

OREGON WEATHER AS REFLECTED IN LITERATURE

By Jeannie Lockwood, Blue Mountain Community College

This lesson describes the process Jeannie used to pursue Oregon weather and literature. The lesson features the poetry of some Oregon adult students. We invite adult learners viewing this poetic weather assignment to submit your poems that reflect Oregon weather to this Internet site. They will be added to the webpage.

Oregonians, Compare Our Weather to Other Sites Around the World!

By Carolyn Gardner, Linn-Benton Community College

This activity provides is a great way to take a trip around the world at the approximate latitude of 45 degrees North and South! You are asked to do a comparative study of three locations around the world that have the same approximate latitude. You'll practice skills of map-reading, temperature conversion, and appropriate time zone calculations.

WEATHER DISASTERS!

By Alice Whitenack, Lane Community College

Weather causes and influences many natural disasters, such as tornadoes, wildfires, tsunamis, hurricanes, and floods, not to mention the weather pattern called El Nino. This activity asks you to choose one of these weather disaster topics to research. Links are provided to various appropriate Internet websites. You can also find out how to assemble a kit of emergency supplies.

WEATHER FORECASTING ON THE WEB

By George Miller, Tillamook Bay Community College

This activity uses regional weather cams, local weather stations, and other websites to help a fisherman get his fresh oysters across the state within a certain time period. The activity provides a step-by-step process that is helpful to new users of the Internet.

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT THE DESERT, WHEN I PREFER THE COAST?

A comparison of Newport and Hermiston, Oregon.
By Jeannie Lockwood, Blue Mountain Community College

Oregon is a state with a variety of habitats: rainforest, high desert, temperate valley, coastal zone, and temperate forest. This activity asks you to incorporate math, writing, and graphing into a comparative study of local weather, geography, agriculture, and other factors. You'll use an Internet search engine, keep a journal, and use e-mail to exchange information with other people in a different locale.

STICKING YOUR TOE IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN

By Beth Hubbard, Oregon Coast Community College

This activity will help you discover just why water off the Oregon coast is usually icy cold, understand how ocean temperatures affect life on land, and know whether or not you should EVER expect warm water at an Oregon beach.

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