Resulting in the Earth getting different intensities of energy from the Sun (heat & light) at different times of the year
Weather & Seasons
Seasonal changes in weather can be explained using concepts of density and heat energy. These changes include: the shifting of global temperature zones, the shifting of planetary wind and ocean current patterns, the occurrence of hurricanes, monsoons, rainy and dry seasons, flooding, severe weather, and ozone depletion.
Big Science Idea:
The atmosphere is an ocean of air that extends hundreds of kilometers about the Earth's surface.
It is divided according to temperature into four layers - the troposphere, the stratosphere, the mesosphere, and the thermosphere.
The lowest layer, the troposphere is where air masses form.
Air masses have different characteristics because the areas over which they form receive different amounts of heat energy from the sun.
The uneven heating of Earth’s surface is the cause of weather.