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weather
unpredictable changes in air that take place over a short time
climate
usual, predictable pattern of weather in an area over a long time
Tropics
areas near the Equator
drought
long period of extreme dryness
El Nino
period when cold winds over the Pacific Ocean are weak, making water warmer than usual
La Nina
period when cold winds over the Pacific Ocean are strong, make the water colder than usual
current
moving stream of water in the ocean
local wind
pattern of wind caused by landforms in an area
rain shadow
dry area on the side of mountains facing away from the wind
greenhouse effect
gradual warming of the earth due to gases in the air that prevent warm air from escaping into the atmosphere
rain forest
dense tropical forest that receives a high amount of rain each year