102Chapter15 - Chapter 15: Air, Weather, and Climate 15.1...

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 15: Air, Weather, and Climate 15.1 The Atmosphere Is A Complex System Absorbed solar energy warms our world Mostly Stored in the Oceans The greenhouse effect is energy capture by gases in the atmosphere A Little Greenhouse Effect is a Good Thing Evaporated water stores energy, and winds redistribute it Atmospheric Circulation Climate Versus Weather Climate is what you expect and weather is what you get 15.2 Weather Events Follow General Patterns Why does it rain? The Coriolis effect explains why winds curve Ocean currents modify our weather Billions of people rely on seasonal rain Frontal systems create local weather Cyclonic storms can cause extensive damage Why It Rains Water Evaporates Out of Oceans Minor Contribution from Lakes, Rivers, Land About 13,000 km3 of water in atmosphere (> Lake Superior) Only 1 ppm of total surface water Condenses as Clouds A 1 km3 cloud contains a few million kg of water Collision of Cloud Droplets is too Slow The Coriolis Effect Not...
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