Weather and Climate–Sun’s Role

Learning Target:
I can describe the sun’s role in determining weather and climate for an area.

Think about these questions today as you learn about the sun:

  • What causes the different temperatures and climates on Earth?
  • How do meteorologists use weather maps and symbols to help us understand the patterns of weather in our area?
  • What kinds of data are collected for weather reports?


  • equator
  • meteorologist
  • precipitation
  • rain gauge
  • temperature
  • thermometer
  • weather
  • wind