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Weather Terminology.docx

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Weather Terminology: Atmospheric (barometric) pressure o Pressure exerted by the atmosphere on Earth’s surface at a given location o Highest at sea level, lowest at mountain tops o Varies in space (over km) and time (hours) o In areas of high pressure, air descends o In areas of low pressure, air rises and cools, then water vapour condenses, forming clouds Global Atmospheric Circulation o Tropical regions receive more radiation than they emit o Polar regions emit more radiation than they perceive o If there was not heat transfer between the tropics and polar regions,
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