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Exam 1 Study Guide

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Exam 1 Study Guide GEOL 1340

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Covers Chapter 1, 2, and 3.
Weather and Climate
Ron Jackson
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This 2 page Study Guide was uploaded by Taytum Guzman on Saturday September 17, 2016. The Study Guide belongs to GEOL 1340 at University of Texas at Arlington taught by Ron Jackson in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 9 views. For similar materials see Weather and Climate in Science at University of Texas at Arlington.


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Date Created: 09/17/16
Exam 1 Study Guide Ch.1 The early atmosphere was made up of mostly Hydrogen and Helium (4.6 billion years ago) The Average Lapse Rate is 6.5 C/1,000 m in elevation Weather – is right now – the condition of atmosphere at particular time and place Climate – past/future – specified interval of time or “average temperature” Aristotle was credited for the beginning of meteorology with the thermometer being one of the first instruments used. Wind Direction – direction in which the wind is blowing FROM Ch. 2 Internal Energy – total amount of thermal and kinetic energy All things emit radiation Wein’s Law ~max = constant/T – max wavelength in micrometers at which max radiations occur. T – object’s temp. in Kelvin. Constant: 2897 umK (use 3000) Earth emits most energy at Longer wavelengths called Longwave Radiation. The Sun emits most energy at shorter wavelengths called Shortwave Radiation. Visible light .4 -.7 micromemters Wavelengths <.4 um: Ultraviolet Wavelengths >.4 um: infrared Albedo - % of radiation returning from a surface compared to that which strikes it (reflectivity of surface) snow-high, forest-low Ch. 3 Coolest time of day – is just before sunrise June 21 – summer solstice – sun directly over N. Hemis. @tropic of Cancer Sept. 22 – Autumn Equinox – first day of fall – over equator – day and night equal Dec. 21 – winter solstice – sun over S. Hemis. @tropif of Capricorn March 20 – vernal Equinox – “spring” – noonday sun directly over equator At any time, 50% of the Earth is covered in sunlight At north pole in winter, 0% of it is covered in sunlight If you cross the equator, does the toilet bowl water flow in opposite direction. NO. Warmest part of the day is NOT high noon – because of sunlight Lag, about 5pm Be able to dram vertical profile above asphalt surface with height as y axis, and temperature as x axis. Windy vs. Calm afternoons. (windy is linear , Calm exponential) (both are decreasing). Heating degree days – estimates energy needs IF DROPPED BELOW 65F Cooling degree days – estimates energy needs IF EXCEEDS 65F Growing degree days – used by farmers; mean daily temp. 1 degree above base temp required for crop growing. Layers of the Atmoshere – be able to draw graph of these layers in relation to altitude and temperature. (Should look like a big “E” on graph) Troposphere Tropopause Mesosphere Mesopause Thermosphere


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