Predict Old Faithful
Though most geysers are not predictable, Old Faithful Geyser is famous for its regularity. Use the rangers’ formula below to predict its next eruption. You will need a place to record your work and answers. For kids ages 8+.
Open the Old Faithful Geyser Streaming Webcam (the other Old Faithful Webcam is a different view and refreshes every 30 seconds). Wait for Old Faithful to erupt and time its eruption from when water begins splashing continuously out of the cone until only steam is coming out.
A. Starting Time: ______
B. Ending Time: ______
C. Length of eruption to nearest half minute: ______
Using the table below, find the length of the eruption (C) in the first column. Read directly across to the second column in the same row and note the interval or number of minutes (D) until the next eruption.
Add the starting time for the first eruption (A) with the interval number of minutes until the next eruption (D) to predict the time for the next eruption:
starting time (A) + interval until next eruption (D) = time next eruption predicted
______ + ______ = ______
Visit the Old Faithful Geyser Streaming Webcam or @GeyserNPS on Twitter to find the rangers’ prediction for the next eruption: ______
Is your prediction similar? ______
If you are still watching Old Faithful for the next eruption, note the time it started: ______ . Compare the actual starting time to your prediction and the rangers’ prediction. Remember that Old Faithful is a natural feature and changes often, so any prediction may not prove to be exactly right.