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Explain the influence of convection, global winds and the jet stream on weather and climatic conditions.

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1 Explain the influence of convection, global winds and the jet stream on weather and climatic conditions.

2 Forming Wind Earth is mostly rock or land, with three-fourths of its surface covered by a relatively thin layer of water, the oceans. These two areas strongly influence global wind systems.

3 Forming Wind Uneven heating of Earth’s surface by the Sun causes some areas to be warmer than others. This causes air pressure to be generally lower where air is heated. Wind is the movement of air from an area of higher pressure to an area of lower pressure. ALL winds are created by the uneven heating of the earth.

4 Heated Air Areas of Earth receive different amounts of radiation from the Sun because Earth is curved. High pressure Low pressure

5 Heated Air This cold, denser air comes from the poles, which receive less radiation from the Sun, making air at the poles much cooler. The resulting dense, high-pressure air sinks and moves along Earth’s surface. The heated air at the equator is less dense, so it is displaced by denser, colder air, creating convection currents.

6 The rotation of Earth causes moving air and water to appear to turn to the right north of the equator and to the left south of the equator. The Coriolis Effect

7 The flow of air (WIND) caused by: Differences in the amount of solar radiation received on Earth’s surface Coriolis effect creates distinct wind patterns on Earth’s surface. The Coriolis Effect is responsible for the rotation of large cyclones.

8  Doldrums: windless rainy zone around the equator.  Trade Winds: are b/w 0°-30° N and 0°-30° S winds start in the east and move to the west towards the equator.  Prevailing westerlies: are b/w 30°-60° N and 30°-60° S winds start in the west and move to the east towards the poles.  Polar easterlies: are b/w 60°-90° N and 60°-90° S winds start in the east and move to the west towards the equator.

9  Color the area of the doldrums orange  Using arrows draw the trade winds blue  Using arrows draw the prevailing westerlies red  Using arrows draw the polar easterlies green  Create a color key.

10 Winds in the Upper Troposphere A quick moving ribbon of air that constantly changes position is called a jet stream. Types of jet streams: Polar jet stream Subtropical jet stream

11 Winds in the Upper Troposphere The jet stream moves faster in the winter because the difference between cold air and warm air is greater. The jet stream helps move storms across the country. Moves west to east: California to NC

12 Winds in the Upper Troposphere The polar jet stream forms at the boundary of cold, dry polar air to the north and warmer, more moist air to the south. In the Northern hemisphere the polar jet stream brings cold weather from the north.

13 Winds in the Upper Troposphere Subtropical jet stream: In Northern Hemisphere: brings warm weather from the south In Southern Hemisphere brings warm weather from the north

14 Winds in the Upper Troposphere

15 Ocean Currents Thermal energy carried by ocean currents has a strong influence on climates around the world. Currents flowing toward the equator bring cooler waters. Currents flowing from the equator bring warmer waters. Currents are caused by the sun’s heat, global wind patterns and rotation of the earth.

16 Gulf Stream Surface current in North Atlantic Ocean One of the strongest known currents Starts at the tip of Florida and flows up the Eastern Coast of the US Carries warmer water up to the British Isles creating warmer winters.

17 Gulf Stream causes extreme storms As the Gulf Stream reaches Cape Hatteras, North Carolina the cold current that flows from the north separates it from the coast. When the warm Gulf Stream waters from the south (Florida) combine with the cold winds a dense concentration of fog forms along with an immense heat transfer causing atmospheric storms to intensify in this region.

18 Section Check Question 1 What results from the Coriolis effect?

19 Section Check Moving air turns to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern hemisphere as a result of the Coriolis effect.

20 Section Check Question 2 Narrow belts of strong winds blowing near the top of the troposphere are __________. A. arctic blasts B. doldrums C. El Niños D. jet streams

21 Section Check Answer The answer is D. The jet stream moves faster in the winter because of the greater temperature difference between cold and warm air.

22 Section Check Question Which of these is created during the day when solar radiation warms the land more than the water? A. jet stream B. land breeze C. polar stream D. sea breeze

23 Section Check Answer The answer is D. Cooler air over the water flows toward the warmer air on land, creating a sea breeze.


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