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background image Weather and Climate Topic 1 
Weather Maps / Basic Variables (Introductory Content)
What is Weather and Climate? Weather vs Climate The significance of the sun? o Source of energy for the Earth o With no sun, weather cannot exist o Uneven distribution of solar energy Weather –  short term atmospheric difference Climate –  long term atmospheric difference Why Study Weather and Climate? Important aspect to our physical health – directly impacts our health Travel conditions  Affecting politics  Elements of Weather and Climate – What Atmospheric Readings Measure Energy content of the atmosphere? o Temperature Water content of the atmosphere? o Clouds, precipitation, water vapor content Force exerted by the atmosphere o Pressure  Air Temperature Temperature o Average  o Energy content o Daily cycles Dew Point Dew Point Temperature o Higher the Dew Point temperature, the greater the amount of water vapor that is  present in the atmosphere
background image Clouds and Precipitation Clouds composed of light  When get heavier, they fall causing precipitation Forms of Precipitation Rain Snow Sleet Freezing rain Hail  Pressure and Wind Pressure: how heavy the air is; force exerted on the atmosphere Wind Generation: differences in pressure and air density initiates the wind flow Station Model Station Model: Diagram on a weather map providing weather information for given  region o Temperature – read number as it is labeled on diagram (top number) o Dew Point – read number as it is labeled on diagram (bottom number) o Cloud Cover – look at the center circle EX: half shaded circle = half cloud cover present o Present Weather – two symbols Rain = 2 dots Snow = 2 ** Nothing at all = no precipitation falling Wind Speed and Wind Direction Wind Speed o Knots o 1.15 mph = 1 knot o Half­barb = 5 knots o Full­barb = 10 knots o Flag = 50 knots EX: 2 long barbs = 20 knots EX: 1 flag and 1 half barb = 55 knots Wind Direction o Which direction the wind vein is pointing EX: wind vein pointed to north, wind coming from that direction –  therefore = north erly winds

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School: Bowling Green State University
Department: Geography
Course: Weather and Climate
Professor: Marius Paulikas
Term: Summer 2015
Name: Topic 1 Notes
Description: Topic 1 Notes - Week 1 (Jan 8 - Jan 12)
Uploaded: 01/14/2018
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