The temperature of an area The precipitation of an area
It is colder at the North Pole than in Georgia.It is warmer in the Amazon Rainforest than it is in Georgia.It is hotter in Florida than in Canada.
http://www.math.nus.edu.sg/Remember that the equator is0° latitude and the poles are90 °.The closer a location is to theequator, the more directsunlight the area will receive.More direct sunlight = moreheat! http://www.weatherscouts.org
Causes the angle of the sunlight hitting the earth to effect the amount of heat energy an area receives.http://www.astronomy.org
This causes three general climate zone patterns: Tropical Temperate Polar Can you explain how are they different?http://members.aol.com/pakulda/emstyg2.htm
http://www.astro.virginia.edu The angle of sunlight determines the climate we have. Because the earth is tilted, the angle of sunlight on earth changes as we go around the sun. Because the angle changes during the year, we have seasons too!
Sometimes referred to as ELEVATION This picture of Mount Rainier (Washington) was taken in August. Look at the mountain! Because it is so high, it has a different climate that the area where the flowers are blooming. The top is snow covered allhttp://www.daytrails.com/Paradise.html year.
http://everytrail.net/Sometimes an entire area is at a high altitude. Look at Mt. Everest and its surrounding area.
You can even find snow at the equator if thealtitude is high enough.This is a mountain in Ecuador (South American)on the equator! www.surtrek.org
Remember this map? Notice that the lines between climate zones are straight!Because of thedifferenttemperatures of the oceancurrents, this isnot how theyreally are on http://members.aol.com/pakulda/emstyg2.htmEarth.
Look closely at this map!http://www.waterencyclopedia.com/ Notice the coastal areas of the USA. Water temperature does affect climate!
These are winds that blow the same direction most of the time. If the wind is coming from a moist air mass, it will bring precipitation. If the wind is coming from a dry air mass, it will not bring precipitation.http://www.pbs.org
Wet climate zones are often caused by prevailing winds that are very high in moisture.http://concise.britannica.com
Prevailing winds that hit high mountain ranges lose their moisture on the side where they hit first. http://staffwww.fullcoll.edu/This is called a rain shadow.
One of thedriestdeserts onEarth isfound rightnext to thePacificOcean. http://images.encarta.msn.comWhy? The prevailing winds bring moisture to the AmazonRainforest. When the wet wind hits the Andes Mountains, all themoisture is left on the east side. The west side is a desert!
What are the two things that determine the climatefor an area? What causes places on earth to have different temperatures? What causes places to have different precipitation?