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Chapter 3: Solar Energy and Atmospheric Heating h Weather – Conditions of the atmosphere at a given time for a particular location h Climate – Average weather patterns of a location or region. h Meteorology – Study of weather and changing atmospheric conditions Climatology – Study of past and present climates on Earth and their distributions h 5 Basic Elements (ingredients) of Weather h Solar energy (insolation) h Temperature h Pressure h Wind h Precipitation h 5 Basic Elements (ingredients) of Weather h Solar energy h (insolation-incoming solar radiation) Solar energy drives the atmospheric systems so the insolation a place receives is the most important factor because the other four elements depend in the intensity and duration of solar energy. Earths atmosphere affects the amount of solar radiation received because clouds absorb
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Unformatted text preview: part of that energy, some is reflected back to space, and some diffused to and away from Earth. These four basic elements below depend on the intensity and duration of solar energy e Temperature h Pressure h Wind h Precipitation h 5 Basic Elements (ingredients) of Weather h Solar energy (insolation) h Temperature h Pressure h Wind h Precipitation First: 1. Earth-Sun relationships 2. Temperature (product of insolation) 3. Other three elements discussed in subsequent chapters. 2. Sun and its Energy 1. Energy emitted from the sun is in the form of Electromagnetic energy 1. Travels through empty space at the speed of light in a spectrum of varying wavelengths....
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