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What is Weather? Energy is transferred between fast-moving molecules and slower-moving molecules – CONDUCTION – transfer of energy when molecules collide.

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1 What is Weather? Energy is transferred between fast-moving molecules and slower-moving molecules – CONDUCTION – transfer of energy when molecules collide – CONVECTION – occurs when warm air rises and cool air sinks; its the transfer of heat, usually in liquids or gases

2 What is Weather? State of the atmosphere at a specific time and place Includes such conditions as air pressure, wind, temperature, and moisture in the air Temperature is a measure of air molecule movement – Suns energy causes air molecules to move rapidly; temperatures are high and it feels warm – When less of the Suns energy reaches air molecules, they move less rapidly and it feels cold

3 If we were to pick one term to help explain why we have weather, what do you think would be a good word? You might pick heat or sun….but another good choice would be Convection

4 After the atmosphere is warmed by radiation and conduction, the heat is transferred throughout the atmosphere by convection. Since warmed air has more space between the molecules, its less dense and rises Cooled air is more dense and tends to sink In general, air near the equator tends to rise and air near the poles tends to sink

5 Take a look at this!

6 Notice the band of clouds around the equator ? This is the ITCZ or inter tropical convergence zone

7 Why do you think there is this band of clouds near the equator?

8 Did you figure it out? Warm, moist air in the tropics rises Cold air can hold less moisture than warm air As the moist air rises, it condenses and forms clouds!

9 Now What? Ok, so we know that the weather moves around on these highways and that warm air rises and cold air sinks. But why is it sunny one day, and rainy the next?

10 Lets take another look at the weather map Notice that there are H s and L s on the map There are also blue lines with spikes and red lines with half circles Lets take a closer look!

11 AIR PRESSURE Air weight that varies over Earths surface – Warmer air is less dense and exerts less pressure – Cooler air is more dense and exerts more pressure

12 High Pressure Areas When cooler air sinks and is warmed, the air can hold more moisture This usually means sunny skies Winds tend to move clockwise around a high

13 Low Pressure Areas When warm air rises and is cooled, the air can not hold as much moisture Often, these areas are associated with precipitation and stormy weather Winds tend to move counter clockwise around the low

14 So, if you see a big H on the weather map over the area you live, you can expect fair weather

15 When you see a big L in your area, there will probably be stormy weather

16 These highs and lows move more or less along the jet stream and bring us our weather changes


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