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How Elevation affects Precipitation and Temperature

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Sarah Johnson

on 19 September 2013

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Transcript of How Elevation affects Precipitation and Temperature

How Elevation affects Precipitation and Temperature
Elevation
Elevation is the difference in height in different regions and places on Earth. Plains are a lot closer to sea level, thus having lower elevation. Mountains are high above sea level so they have higher elevations.
Precipitation
Precipitation is a lot more common where there are higher elevations because the cooler weather and atmosphere cannot hold in as much condensation, causing it to rain or snow more often. In lower elevations, where it is more humid, moisture becomes trapped in the atmosphere easier, causing it rain less.
Summary
Higher elevations cause much lower temperatures and more precipitation and lower elevations cause higher temperatures and less precipitation.
Higher elevations cause temperatures to drop because the higher up in the atmosphere you go, the colder it gets due to air pressure, in turn causing precipitation to freeze, creating snow. Lower elevations are a lot warmer because the air pressure is not as pressurized causing the temperature to be warmer.
Temperature
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