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chapter_02A - Weather Trivia: January 8 1991: A wild...

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Weather Trivia: January 8 1991: A wild hailstorm moved across Calgary, AB, causing $300 to $400 million in damages – a record insurance loss for any single storm event in Canadian history. Companies flew in adjusters to handle nearly 80,000 property claims. The 30-minute storm split trees, flooded basements, and broke windows and siding. Raging sewer waters blew off manhole covers and plugged catch basins.
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Energy: Energy: This chapter discusses: This chapter discusses: 1. 1. The role of solar energy (e.g. short wave radiation) The role of solar energy (e.g. short wave radiation) 1. 1. Earth's processes for heat transfer in the Earth's processes for heat transfer in the atmosphere, including long wave radiation, to atmosphere, including long wave radiation, to maintain an energy balance maintain an energy balance
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When solar radiation collides with atmospheric gas molecules, they When solar radiation collides with atmospheric gas molecules, they move. move. This produces: This produces: a) a) temperature, defined as the moving molecules average speed temperature, defined as the moving molecules average speed b) b) kinetic energy kinetic energy Total energy increases with greater molecule volumes. Total energy increases with greater molecule volumes. Figure 2.1 Figure 2.1
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Temperature Scales Thermometers detect the Thermometers detect the movement of molecules to movement of molecules to register temperature. register temperature. Fahrenheit and Celsius scales Fahrenheit and Celsius scales are calibrated to freezing and are calibrated to freezing and boiling water, but the Celsius boiling water, but the Celsius range is 1.8 times more range is 1.8 times more compact. compact.
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