Test 2-3

  1. How are winds created?
    Solar energy
  2. What drive surface ocean currents and waves?
  3. What assumptions can be made about thermal equilibrium relative to the input and output of heat on Earth?
    They are equal.
  4. What seasons cause the sun to be directly overhead at the equator and cause equal day/night periods?
    • Vernal(Spring) equinox (3/21)
    • Autumnal (fall) equinox (9/23)
  5. Which seasonal solstice cause the shortest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere?
    • Winter solstice (12/22)
    • Overhead Tropic of Capricorn
  6. Which seasonal solstice cause the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere?
    • Summer Solstice (6/21)
    • Overhead Tropic of Cancer
  7. Characteristics of unequal solar heating:
    • Low latitudes receive more solar radiation
    • High latitudes receive less solar radiation
  8. What is the result of the angle of incidence of solar rays per area?
    • Greater the angle, solar energy spread over more area.
    • Equatorial regions = more heat
    • Polar regions = less heat
  9. Albedo
    • % incident radiation reflected back into space
    • Affected by angle of sun - more angle, more radiation reflected
  10. what types of surfaces are directly affected by the properties of Albedo?
    • Snow/ice reflects more
    • Water surface absorbs more
    • Land absorbs most
  11. What is the most abundant gas in our atmosphere?
    Nitrogen gas.
  12. In what direction does the Earth rotate?
    From west to east
  13. How is the wind direction indicated?
    By determining where the directions winds are blowing FROM.
  14. Describe the behavior of air in the atmosphere.
    • Air (wind) always moves from regions of high pressure to low.
    • (High ---> Low)
    • Cool dense air, higher surface pressure.
    • Warm less dense air, lower surface pressure.
  15. Describe the process of cloud formation.
    • Ascending air cools as it expands. Cooler air holds less water, so water vapor condenses into clouds.
    • Descending air warms as it compresses and clouds evaporate.
  16. Describe the behaviors of cold air and warm air.
    • Warm air rises
    • Cold air falls
  17. Cold air holds more moisture than warm air (T/F)
  18. When happens when air cools?
    Moisture condenses and forms clouds/precipitation
  19. Rotational velocity increases approaching equator (T/F)
  20. Circulation cells as air changes density due to:
    • Changes in air temp.
    • Changes in water vapor content
  21. Name the 3 main circulation cells and their relative coordinates:
    • Hadley Cells (0 to 30 N and S)
    • Ferrel Cells (30 to 60 N and S)
    • Polar Cells (60 to 90 N and S)
  22. Where is the wind split?
    At the top of the troposphere.
  23. What are two characteristics of the Horse latitudes?
    • Low winds
    • High pressure ridge
  24. Wind only blows in two cardinal directions, which two?
    North and South
  25. What are the characteristics of tradewinds and in what direction is it deflected?
    • Returns to Equator
    • deflected WEST
  26. What are the characteristics of the Westerlies and in what direction is it deflected?
    • Toward poles
    • deflected EAST
  27. In Global atmospheric circulation, where are there zones of High pressure?
    • Subtropical highs
    • Polar highs
    • Clear skies
  28. In Global atmospheric circulation, where are there zones of low pressure?
    • Equatorial low
    • Subpolar lows
    • Overcast skies
  29. What makes the nature of winds more complex?
    • Seasonal changes
    • Distribution of continents and ocean
    • Differences in heat capacity between continents and ocean
    • ---Monsoon winds
  30. Weather
    Conditions of atmosphere at particular time and place.
  31. Climate
    Long-term average of weather
  32. Describe the behavior of Northern hemisphere winds
    Moves in a counterclockwise (cyclonic) around a low pressure region
  33. Describe the behavior of Southern hemisphere winds
    Moves in a clockwise (anticyclonic) around a low pressure region
  34. What causes coastal winds?
    solar heating and different heat capacities of land and water.
  35. Sea breeze
    • Behavior: Ocean ---> Land
    • Day: Land heats air -> rises -> draws cooler ocean air onto coast
  36. Land breeze
    • Behavior: Land ---> Ocean
    • Night: warmer ocean water rises, draws cooler land air over coast
  37. Properties of Monsoons
    • Arabic for seasonal
    • Winds change direction seasonably causing extreme dry and wet season
    • Occurs in Eastern and SEA, North America
  38. How are hurricanes caused by?
    Release of energy (latent heat of condensation)
  39. Describe the latent heat of condensation when while it is forming a hurricane.
    • Low pressure system breaks off equatorial low-pressure belt
    • Surface winds feed moisture into storm
    • Strong winds, torrential rain outside eye
  40. Describe the process of surface winds feeding moisture into a storm
    • As water vapor condenses, heat released warms air
    • Rising warm air draws in more moist air -> fueling cyclone
    • Large rotating masses of low pressure with calm "eye" (< 25 mph winds)
  41. What affects the movement of hurricanes at low latitudes?
    • Trade winds (moves it west)
    • If curve towards right in North hemisphere -> cooler water, influenced by westerlies.
  42. If a hurricane were in the Northern hemisphere, what winds are it influenced by and what types of water would the hurricane encounter?
    • Cool water
    • influenced by westerlies
  43. What are hurricanes classified by?
    Maximum sustained wind speed.
  44. What is the difference between a tropical storm and a hurricane?
    • Maximum sustained wind speed
    • Tropical storm = 39 to 73 MPH winds
    • Hurricane = Above 74 MPH winds
  45. What scale is used to measure the intensity of hurricanes?
    The Saffir-Simpson Scale
  46. What part of a the hurricane does the most destruction?
    Storm surge
  47. What are the damaging properties of hurricanes?
    • Fast winds
    • Flooding from torrential rains
    • Storm Surge
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Test 2-3
Lecture 6