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Predicting the Weather
Transcript of Predicting the Weather
Studying weather maps help scientists make predictions about how the weather is likely to change.
- shows temperature, precipitation, air masses, and fronts
- a large body of air with about the same temperature and humidity throughout
- humidity is the amount of moisture in the air
- Continental Polar - cold and dry
- Maritime Polar - cold and wet
- Continental Tropical - warm and dry
- Maritime Tropical - warm and wet
- a place where two different air massess meet
- triangles show cold front
- half circles show warm front
- the triangles and circles point in the direction in which the front is moving
- weather systems move west to east over United States
cold front - cold air mass bumps against a warm air mass - temperature drops - thunderstorms/snowstorms
warm front - warm air mass meets a colder air mass and slowly rises over it- stratus clouds form - bring rain- temperature rises
stationary front - two air masses meet and stop moving - clouds and precipitation for days
occuluded front - cold front overtakes warm front when low pressure system forms developing a warm front ahead and a cold front behind it