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1 n If the atmosphere were peeled off the earth and had its  edges stitched together to make a pancake shape, it would  have an approximate thickness of 20 miles and a diameter  of 16,000 miles. n This large width and small depth mean that most of the  motions in the atmosphere must be horizontal.
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2 n Except for very vigorous storms, the vertical motions in  the atmosphere are one or two orders of magnitude  smaller than the horizontal ones. n Similarly, atmospheric storms and system are thin. A  tropical storm is typically 200 miles or more across and 10  miles from top to bottom.
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Unformatted text preview: 3 2. Horizontal Atmosphere Motion n The horizontal movement of the atmosphere is driven mostly by uneven heating of the earth’s surface and modified by the effect of the earth’s rotation (Coriolis force) and the influence of the ground and the sea. 4 2.1 Equatorial Heating, Polar Cooling n Averaged over the year, the solar heat flow to the earth’s surface at the equator is 2.4 times that at the poles. n The atmosphere moves in response to this difference in heating, and in so doing transports heat from the tropics to the poles....
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2011 for the course CIVL CIVL345 taught by Professor Hsinchu during the Spring '11 term at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

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