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geography study sheet - -Weather atmospheric conditions at...

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-Weather: atmospheric conditions at a given time & place -Climate: average weather of a place over an extended period -Convectional: Air is heated, rises rapidly, cools, and produces heavy rainfall (common in summer) -Orographic: Rain falls on windward side of mountains and the leeward side is usual dry -Cyclonic: Frontal rain is created when stable and unstable air clash over a frontal boundary -Cold front: cold air moves in wedging up warmer air; warm front: warm air pushes cold air back -Solstice: June 22 & December 22 -One pole faces towards sun the other faces away creating uneven distribution of daylight and heat. -Equinox: September 23 & March 20 -All places have equal daylight, equator heated the most -Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change adopted a stance in 2000 that there is relatively strong evidence for human influence on the climate. -Greenhouse effect: atmosphere traps some solar radiation. -Greenhouse effect is necessary for life; concern lies with human contributions to greenhouse gases.
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