How to Make a Climate Graph

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How to Make a Climate Graph
Climate graphs can be plotted as line graphs. (graph image by Alfonso d'Agostino from

Climate graphs are used to show the climate in a particular place over a period of time. Climate graphs can cover days, months or years and can be historical in nature or forecast the future. Climate graphs are usually made in the form of bar or plotted line graphs, as these include an x and y axis. Climate graphs provide a visual representation of the climate in an area so it is easy to see changes or patterns over time.

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Things you need

  • Computer program
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil
  • Weather almanac

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  1. 1

    Decide the method that you will be using to create your graph. You can use a computer program such as Microsoft Word or Excel or a pencil and graph paper. Decide which type of graph you will creating, a bar graph or a line graph.

  2. 2

    Look up the weather for the time period you want to chart on your graph. Use a Farmer's Almanac or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service website. For the latter, use the provided map to choose the area you're researching, then choose the time period you wish to view.

  3. 3

    Label your x and y axes. Typically the temperature will be on the y axes, which is the vertical line, and the time period will be labelled on the x axes in days, months or years.

  4. 4

    Enter the data you wish to chart. Plot it by hand or enter it into the computer program you have chosen to use. Look at the temperature for a certain time period and mark it on those coordinates. You can plot a graph that has two lines or bars for each time period if you are planning on showing both the minimum and maximum temperatures for that day, month or year. You could also plot two lines or bars to show a comparison of the climates in two different locations.

  5. 5

    Draw bars or a line connecting the dots depending on the type of graph you have chosen to create. If using a computer program, this will be done for you automatically.

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