5. Reading and interpreting synoptic weather maps
A synoptic weather map is a weather chart reflecting the state of the atmosphere over a large area at a given moment.
Examples of synoptic charts can seen here.
Today’s Synoptic Chart
Today’s South African Weather Chart can be seen here.
GRADE 10 RECAP:
Weather elements: temperature, dew-point temperature, cloud cover, wind direction,wind speed and atmospheric pressure.
Weather conditions: rain, drizzle, thunderstorms, hail and snow, as illustrated on station models.
Most reporting in the 21st century are electronic. Below is the weather for Sutherland in the Northern Cape; the coldest place in South Africa.
Reading and interpreting synoptic weather maps.
An example of a weather forecast
A Synoptic Chart Tutorial
An Australian Synoptic chart example