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'''All. [[Media:Weather_Merit_Badge--A_concise_study_guide.pdf|A concise study guide for the Weather Merit Badge]] {{PDF}} — Jay R. Stockton (Senior Forecaster, [ National Weather Service])'''
'''All. [[Media:Weather_Merit_Badge--A_concise_study_guide.pdf|A Concise Study Guide for the Weather Merit Badge]] {{PDF}} — Jay R. Stockton (Senior Forecaster, [ National Weather Service])'''
'''All. [[Media:A_Concise_Guide_to_the_Weather_Merit_Badge_-_Powerpoint_Version_converted_to_.pdf|Powerpoint Version of the Concise Study Guide converted to .pdf format]] {{PDF}} — Jay R. Stockton (Senior Forecaster, [ National Weather Service])'''
'''All. [[Media:A_Concise_Guide_to_the_Weather_Merit_Badge_-_Powerpoint_Version_converted_to_.pdf|Powerpoint Version of the Concise Study Guide converted to .pdf format]] {{PDF}} — Jay R. Stockton (Senior Forecaster, [ National Weather Service])'''

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Weather Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF,
lesson video links, and links to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
Weather teaches life skills and is a great Summer Camp Merit Badge.
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This is the Boy Scout Weather Merit Badge.
Cub Scouts & Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Weather Belt Loop & Pin.
Weather requires prior counselor approval for requirement #9a, 9b.
Weather merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1927
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 116
Requirements revision: 2007
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008


Weather requirements

  1. Define meteorology. Explain what weather is and what climate is. Discuss how the weather affects farmers, sailors, aviators, and the outdoor construction industry. Tell why weather forecasts are important to each of these groups.
  2. Name five dangerous weather-related conditions. Give the safety rules for each when outdoors and explain the difference between a severe weather watch and a warning. Discuss the safety rules with your family.
  3. Explain the difference between high and low pressure systems in the atmo­sphere. Tell which is related to good and to poor weather. Draw cross sections of a cold front and a warm front, showing the location and movements of the cold and warm air, the frontal slope, the location and types of clouds associated with each type of front, and the location of precipitation.
  4. Tell what causes wind, why it rains, and how lightning and hail are formed.
  5. Identify and describe clouds in the low, middle, and upper levels of the atmosphere. Relate these to specific types of weather.
  6. Draw a diagram of the water cycle and label its major processes. Explain the water cycle to your counselor.
  7. Identify some human activities that can alter the environment, and describe how they affect the climate and people.
  8. Describe how the tilt of Earth's axis helps determine the climate of a region near the equator, near the poles, and across the area in between.
  9. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Make one of the following instruments: wind vane, anemometer, rain gauge, hygrometer. Keep a daily weather log for one week using information from this instrument as well as from other sources such as local radio and television stations, NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, and Internet sources (with your parent's permission). Record the following information at the same time every day: wind direction and speed, temperature, precipitation, and types of clouds. Be sure to make a note of any morning dew or frost. In the log, also list the weather forecasts from radio or television at the same time each day and show how the weather really turned out.
    b. Visit a National Weather Service office or talk with a local radio or television weathercaster, private meteorologist, local agricultural extension service officer, or university meteorology instructor. Find out what type of weather is most dangerous or damaging to your community. Determine how severe weather and flood warnings reach the homes in your community.
  10. Give a talk of at least five minutes to a group (such as your unit or a Cub Scout pack) explaining the outdoor safety rules in the event of lightning, flash floods, and tornadoes. Before your talk, share your outline with your counselor for approval.
  11. Find out about a weather-related career opportunity that interests you. Discuss with and explain to your counselor what training and education are required for such a position, and the responsibilities required of such a position.

The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Weather is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Weather requirements. has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

  1. This badge is one of the elective merit badges of the William T. Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts.
 4. Weather merit badge is on the Sea Scout [Quartermaster] required list (requirement 14).

Requirement resources

All. A Concise Study Guide for the Weather Merit Badge Adobe Acrobat PDF — Jay R. Stockton (Senior Forecaster, National Weather Service)

All. Powerpoint Version of the Concise Study Guide converted to .pdf format Adobe Acrobat PDF — Jay R. Stockton (Senior Forecaster, National Weather Service)

1. The Encyclopedia - Encarta: Meteorology - Wikipedia: Meteorology Encarta: Weather - Wikipedia: Weather - Encarta: Climate - Wikipedia: Climate
2. Thunderstorm - Tornado - Tornado - Encarta: Hurricane - Wikipedia: Hurricane - Wikipedia: Blizzard - Blizzard - Wikipedia: Fog - Fog - Freezing rain - Snow - Sleet - Ice storm - Monsoon
3. Low PressureLow PressureHigh Pressure

Wikipedia: Weather front - Wikipedia: Cold front - Cold Front - Wikipedia: Warm front - Warm Front

4. Wikipedia: wind - Wikipedia: rain - Lightning - Wikipedia: Lightning - Hail - Heat lightning -
5. Cloud - Types of Clouds by Altitude - Lesson Video: How To Predict The Weather - Weather Photos
6. Water Cycle - Wikipedia: Water cycle
7. Acid Rain - Wikipedia: Acid rain
8a. The Weather Log you need is included in the Weather Worksheet.

Weather Instruments - Wikipedia: Weather Instruments - Encarta's Guide to Forecasting the Weather - Encarta: A Guide to Storms - AccuWeather - Weather radar

8b. NOAA Weather Service - NOAA In Your State - Weather Forecast Offices - National Weather Centers
9a. Weather Safety - National Weather Service: Lightning Safety - Lightning safety - Lightning rod
9b. Acid Rain - Wikipedia: Acid rain - EPA: Acid Rain - USGS: Acid Rain - - Acid Rain News How Acid Rain Works - Myths and Facts: Acid Rain
10. Careers at NOAA - Weather Careers - Career Guide

Related awards

Science Awards (Meteorology is an applied science)

Science-related awards
Camping and Outdoor Skills Award Links
Outdoor-related awards

See also

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

External links

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