ATOC 1050 chapters 13 notes

ATOC 1050 chapters 13 notes - Chapters 13 Cold Waves I Cold...

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Chapters 13, Cold Waves I. Cold Waves A . Cold waves are influxes of unusually cold air into the middle or lower latitudes. B. Lowest recorded temperatures by state as of early 2004: C. Cold waves: 1. Can kill people: 1
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a.) About 30 deaths per year due to direct exposure and approximately 600 due to hypothermia b.) In the USA, most cold-related deaths are in the South, are elderly, and are male (almost 75%) c). Livestock and domestic animals can also die 2. Can cause structural damage to buildings and other economic losses especially to crops. a). Most economic damage in the South b). Damages caused when pipes freeze and break and commercial slow-downs (people don’t shop, eat out as much) c). Heating costs rise which can be a hardship for many 3. Can affect very large areas geographically D. “Cold” is relative, that is, “cold” in Florida may be 32 ° F while a winter low of 32 ° F in Boulder 2
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would be considered “warm”. Obviously, some geographic areas are more equipped to handle cold than others. E. Formation of cold air masses 1. Cold core high air masses form during winter at high latitudes or on high plateaus a). Remember source regions for air masses: relatively flat, uniform surfaces with
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course ATOC 1050 taught by Professor Forrest,be during the Spring '06 term at Colorado.

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