Guidance for classroom labs

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Guidance for classroom labs 1) when observing synoptic surface maps: identify Low and High pressure systems. Identify pressure gradients and winds and try to apply the concepts seen in class about pressure gradient force, Coriolis and friction. To the earth general circulation patterns, try to identify where high and low pressure systems and easterly and westerly winds are more frequent. Remember that winds advect (a technical term that indicates transport) warm and cold temperatures. So it is important to observe the isotherms (lines with the same temperature) along with the wind systems Identify where cold and warm fronts are located. Remember that ‘fronts’ are regions with contrast of air mass, regions with high temperature gradients. They are also important because they can force the lifting of the air parcels and the occurrence of clouds and rainfall (sometimes very strong). Note also that fronts are regions with pronounced change in wind direction. Identify regions with convergence and divergence of air
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This note was uploaded on 12/27/2011 for the course GEOG 110 taught by Professor Leila during the Fall '09 term at UCSB.

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