Assignment: Lab Report: Weather and Flooding

Weather and Flooding Lab Report

PHSC 1001C: Earth Science


Name: _________________________

Date: __________________________

Instructor _______________________


Purpose: To observe weather and research the impact of weather in your local area.


Part 1: Weather


  1. Gather and record weather data for at least three days this week. To gather this data, you may use a weather website, your local news, or measure values on your own.

Use Victorville ca from a weather site

Fill out the following table with data that you have collected:


Date High Temperature Low Temperature Average Wind Speed Rainfall Sky Conditions (cloudy, clear, etc)




  1. Based on your data, are there any relationships between high temperature, low temperature, average wind speed, and rainfall? Explain these relationships if they exist, or explain why no relationships do not exist.




  1. Use a reliable weather website to research the average high and low temperatures and inches of rainfall for this time of year at your location:


Location and Time of Year Average High temperature Average Low Temperature Average Rainfall


  1. Was the weather this week typical for this time of year at your location? Why or why not?


  1. Use a weather website or news source to find a weather map for your local region.
  2. Describe what you see on the map.




  1. Use this weather map to predict the weather in your area for the next few hours.





Research: Many regions of the world are at risk for major storms such as tornados, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, blizzards, and more. Write 1 page assessing the risk for a major storm where you live. Be sure to describe factors in your area that make it susceptible to this type of storm, along with what time(s) of year these types of storms are most common, and the potential damage that can result from these storms.  Please remember to cite your resources.



Part 2: Landslides and Flooding

  1. Gather two different soil samples from your yard, city, or region. Place 1 cup of each soil sample into a separate plastic bag. In the table below, record some initial observations of your soil samples (color, temperature, wetness, geography from where they were obtained, etc.). Victorville ca is a high desert area with course sand just write something that makes sense for the area.


Soil Sample 1

Initial Observations:






Soil Sample 2 Initial Observations:







  1. Carefully punch several small holes into the bottom of each plastic bag.
  2. One at a time, while holding each soil sample over a bowl, pour 1 full cup of water into the plastic bag. Some of the water will be absorbed by the soil and some will drain out into the bowl. Once any water has drained into the bowl, measure the amount of water in the bowl. Record this in the data table below:



Soil Sample 1 Amount of water not absorbed by soil:



Soil Sample 2 Amount of water not absorbed by soil:


  1. Are you surprised by how much water was absorbed by your soil samples? Why or why not?
  2. Which of your soil samples absorbed the most water?
  3. Which of your soil samples would be most to likely indicate the potential for flooding problems? Why?


  1. Which of your soil samples would be most likely to indicate the potential for a landslide? Why?




Research: Write a one-page assessment of the risk of landslides and flooding in the area where you live. Be sure to describe factors in your area that make it susceptible or not susceptible to flooding, and also address whether the topography and commercial development make the area prone to landslides.  Please remember to cite your resources.

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