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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

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  • Videos, 5 minutes, 26 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, Polar Regions


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How a Warmer Arctic Could Intensify Extreme Weather

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  • In this video, scientists explain the link between the warming Arctic, Arctic sea ice decline, and extreme weather events thousands of miles away.
  • Students will learn about the jet stream, the albedo effect, global wind patterns, and recent extreme weather events.
Teaching Tips


  • This video shows students a sequence of events that start with the warming of the Arctic and end with colder continents in the winter.
  • Students learn about new concepts and can review real-life examples of extreme weather in some countries.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students need to be familiar with concepts such as sea ice and extreme weather.
  • There is a brief advertisement before the video.
  • It is recommended that the video be paused at the graphs to help students analyze the data, and paused at 1 minute 50 seconds so students can see the jet stream on the map.


  • The teacher could ask students to draw the process shown in the video from the melting of ice to the creation of larger amounts of greenhouse gases.
  • After watching the video, students could discuss or write an explanation of this statement, "Warm Arctic, Cold Continents."
  •  A geography or science class could use this video for lessons about weather, climate, global wind patterns, or the effects of weather on human society and civilizations. 
  • Other recommended resources related to this topic include What Melting Sea Ice Means for Life In The Arctic and Arctic Climate Perspectives.
Scientist Notes
The Arctic temperatures are rising as a result of global warming, and more evident catastrophic events are likely to occur in the future. Sea ice is melting and weather is becoming more erratic and extreme. This resource is insightful and recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
    • PS1: Matter and its Interactions
      • MS-PS1-4 Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.3.9-12 Use geographic data to analyze variations in the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics at multiple scales.
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