Lab 3_Climate 2

Lab 3_Climate 2 - THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT LABS GEOG 211...

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THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT LABS – GEOG 211 Lab 3: Climate and Chinooks In this lab, you will graph and interpret Canadian climate data and calculate the conditions of a Chinook air mass as it travels from Victoria to Calgary. Objectives: Become familiar with basic climate data Understand condensation levels and adiabatic lapse rates, and how they relate to the warming and cooling of Chinook air masses as they move from the west coast to Calgary Skills developed: Data interpretation Isolines Problem solving Apply formula to real world problem Graphs (x-y, histogram) Background reading: Strahler and Archibold (2008)
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PART 1: CLIMATES OF CANADA Data are given below for: (a) the average monthly maximum temperature (b) average monthly minimum temperature and (c) average precipitation for cities across Canada. Table 1(a): Average monthly maximum temperatures ( ° C) Vancouver Calgary Toronto Halifax January 5.4 -4.2 -1.2 0.0 February 7.6 -2.0 -1.0 -0.2 March 9.7 2.5 3.2 3.3 April 12.9 10.8 10.6 8.6 May 16.6 16.6 17.4 14.8 June 19.4 20.2 23.1 19.9 July 21.9 23.8 26.2 23.4 August 21.6 22.7 25.1 23.1 September 18.5 17.5 20.7 19.7 October 13.6 12.3 13.7 13.9 November 9.0 3.3 6.6 7.6 December 6.4 -1.5 0.8 1.9 Table 1(b): Average monthly minimum temperatures ( ° C) Vancouver Calgary Toronto Halifax January 0.0 -16.1 -8.4 -9.4 February 1.0 -14.0 -8.7 -9.6 March 2.4 -9.4 -4.2 -5.1 April 4.9 -2.6 1.8 -0.4 May 7.9
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