Student-Led Community Weather Survey*
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I would like to talk with you about what you've seen on the land this past year - especially about the weather in our traditional homeland. I'm interested in what you've observed about the weather from last summer to the present, although I'm interested in hearing about other periods of time you feel are important to know about.
This information is being collected to learn what is changing in the environment and why. It will become part of a monitoring project that records what locals know about the land and records findings from science studies we are doing in school. Having this information recorded will also allow us to look back years from now and compare tomorrow's conditions with today.
My job is to interview knowledgeable people, like yourself, and record community members' observations on these forms. Everyone in my class has chosen someone to interview as well. When we are finished interviewing, we will summarize the information and use it in our studies. We will also share our summary with you and with everyone that has been interviewed.
I have practiced interviewing in class and think it might take about 30 minutes to complete. Your name will be confidential so no one will be able to connect what people said with who said it.
First, I'd like to ask a couple questions about you. How much time did
you spend on the land this past year from July 1 to the present?
What age group are you in?
Now I'd like to ask you about the weather in our area. How was the weather
this past summer?
Write comments on summer weather:
Were there any unusual weather events this past summer? If so, please
How was the weather this fall?
Write comments on fall weather :
Were there any unusual storms or other kinds of unusual weather? (If
yesplease talk about what kinds of storms and when).
Did the_________________ (major water body - river, lagoon, lake, ocean
- indicate which )
Write comments on freeze-up.
How has the weather been so far this winter?
Write comments on winter weather.
Has there been anything unusual about the weather?
Have the weather conditions this year created any problems for you getting
out on the land? Please describe any problems you've had.
Is there anything else about the weather you would like to mention?
Say thank you for sharing, give them the (cookies? bread? What
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