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Let's study snow! Study the above map of the snow blizzard of 1996 and compare it to the current weather situations across our country for this month!  Draw the above map, color it in as shown above.  NOW draw a map of the United States.  Cut out and lay your copy of the above map over your map of the United States.  Now draw another map of the US…..day to day keep a log of the current snowfall.  You can obtain this information from a weather channel or from the NCDC, etc.  Make a comparison chart and note the differences. 

Are the snowfall amounts more or less in the same areas as three years ago? 
How have the weather patterns across our country changed over the past  3 years?   
Do you know  what a Climatologists is and what they do? 
Who is your  State Climatologists?


(clicking  on the above map will take you to the NCDC web site
where we obtained this map and the information on the snowfall of 1996.)

January

January is named after the old Roman god Janus.  It was said that he was a two-faced god.  One of his faces looked toward the past while the other face looked toward the future.  January's flower is the snowdrop.
The birthstone for January is a Garnet. The Zodiac signs are the Capricorn through January 19 and Aquarius for the remainder of the month.
January has 31 days.  It is easy to remember the days each
month has if you memorize the little poem below.
30 days hath September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have 31, except February.

Many famous people were born during the month of January, perhaps you might choose one to study this month.  It is fun to study the names you do not recognize?     Some are:  Paul Revere, Betsy Ross,
Pope Gregory XIII, J. R.R. Tolkien, Jacob Grimm. Saint Joan of Arc, Carl Sandburg, Millard Fillmore,
Richard M. Nixon, Alexander Hamilton, Sir John Macdonald, William James, Benedict Arnold, Albert Schweotzer, Moliere, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Martin Luther King,Jt., Benjamin Franklin, Anne Bronte, Anton Chekov, Daniel Webster, A.A. Milne, James Watt, Robert E. Lee, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Henry Bessemer, Paul Cezanne, John Charles Fremont, Stonewall Jackson, Francis Bacon, Lord George Gordon Byron, John Hancock, Edouard Manet, Frederick the Great, Edith Wharton, Robert Boyle, Robert Burns,
Douglas MacArthur, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lewis Carroll, Samuel Gompers, Auguste Piccard, Jackson Pollock, Thomas Paine, William McKinley, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Frank Schubert, Irving Langmuir,
Jackie Robinson and of course, my mom :)   

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