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30 Cards in this Set

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the ocean and the atmosphere act as what?
as an interdependent system
An ocean event
El nino
the plane traced by Earth’s orbit.
What degrees does Earth's axis turn on?
23.5 degrees
T/F Earths axis doesn't always point in the same direction
What direction does Earths axis point 2?
Polaris (North Star)
equinox that occurs on or about March 21, the Sun is directly overhead along the equator.
vernal equinox
solstice that Occurs on or about June 21, the sun reaches its most northerly point in the sky, directly overhead along the tropic of cancer
Summer solstice
At 23.5 degrees N. latitude
Tropic of Cancer
At 23.5 degrees S. latitude
Tropic of Capricorn
equinox that occurs on or about September 23, the sun is directly overhead along the equator again.
autumnal equinox
solstice that occurs on or about December 22, the sun is directly overhead along the Tropic of Capricorn
winter solstice
angular distance from the equatorial plane
region between latitudes of 23.5 degrees north and south
66.5 degrees N. latitude
Arctic circle
66.5 degrees S. latitude
Antarctic circle
How often does the Antarctic circle experience sun?
every 6 months
the fraction of incident electromagnetic radiation reflected by a surface
large volumes of air that have a definite area of origin and distinctive characteristics
air masses
describes the conditions of the atmosphere at a given time and place
the long-term average of weather
atmospheric disturbances characterized by strong winds, precipitation, and often thunder and lightning
the contact between a warm air mass moving into an area occupied by cold air
warm front
the contact between a cold air mass moving into an area occupied by warm air
cold front
a narrow, fast-moving, easterly- flowing air mass
jet stream
italian navigator and explorer
Christopher Columbus
place where all the weather is produced
cell composed of therisingand sinking air moving in a circular fashion
convection cell
moving air
changes the intended path of a moving body
coriolis effect