2 For Further Reading Please read over Chapter 1 of: “Introduction to Tropical Meteorology,” 2nd Edition(Free COMET/MetEd account required.)This material will prove useful as we move into in-depth discussions of aspects of tropical climatology and circulations later this week and into next week.
3 General Definition of the Tropics “…the latitudes at which the Coriolis force, horizontal temperature gradients, and horizontal pressure gradients are all relatively weak…”Why might these all be weak in the tropics?What implications do they have upon the climatology of the tropics?
6 Discussion Question #1Assume that incoming solar radiation is at a maximum at the equator and decreases to the north and south…What is the meridional temperature distribution that results from this situation?Assuming that this temperature distribution holds throughout the troposphere, from thickness arguments, what is the resulting meridional distribution of surface pressure?Where might one expect rising motion under such conditions?
9 Meteorology of the Tropics climatology of the tropicsradiative-convective equilibriumtropical meridional and zonal circulationsEl Nino Southern Oscillationsubtropical ridges and the tradewind inversionequatorial waves and oscillatory modestropical disturbances and jetsmonsoons