Introduction - Week 5 Atmosphere and Weather 1 Introduction In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina the sixth strongest hurricane ever recorded hit the

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Week 5: Atmosphere and Weather 1 Introduction: In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina, the sixth strongest hurricane ever recorded, hit the southeastern United Sates and caused an estimated 81.2 billion dollars of physical damage and untold damage to the lives of thousands of people. How do these destructive forces of nature form? What are the factors that cause these massive storms? In Week 5, you will start to explore the role of atmospheric components and processes, such as air pressure, frontal systems, the role of water in the atmosphere, and cyclones. Knowing more about the atmosphere helps to predict and forecast natural disasters such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes, which you will read more about in this week. Note: This week's Application requires you to track the weather for five days. You need to look at the Application Assignment as soon as you can so that you can start tracking the weather at the beginning of this week. Learning Outcome: By the end of this week, you should be able to: Compare destructive capabilities of tornadoes and hurricanes Interpret a weather map and weather data and explain what influences weather in an area Understand concepts and terminology related to the atmosphere and weather systems
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Week 5: Atmosphere and Weather 2 RESOURCES: Readings Course Text: The Good Earth o Review p. 54 in Chapter 2 about how the atmosphere is one of the criteria for making Earth a life-sustaining planet. o Chapter 14, “The Atmosphere” (pp. 389 417) The Earth's atmosphere helps to protect us from solar radiation, asteroids, and other harmful objects from space. This chapter discusses the role and properties of the atmosphere and how it has changed over time. o Chapter 15, “Weather Systems" (pp. 419 449) Rain, snow, heat waves, and hail are different events or states of the atmosphere. The state of the atmosphere at any given time is referred to as the weather. Chapter 15 discusses weather, the science of weather forecasting, fronts, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Animations
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course PHSC 1001 taught by Professor Gabrielclay during the Fall '09 term at Walden University.

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Introduction - Week 5 Atmosphere and Weather 1 Introduction In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina the sixth strongest hurricane ever recorded hit the

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