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Air Masses and Weather Fronts
An  air mass  is a large (usually thousands of miles across) volume of air that has the same temperature and humidity. Air...
If the air mass sits over the ocean for a while, it becomes humid (wet) and is called  maritime .  The air will have high ...
If the air mass sits near the equator for a while, it becomes warm and is called  tropical .  If the air mass sits near th...
This means there are 4 combinations: What do you think they will be? Maritime tropical = wet & warm   Continental tropical...
 
 
In the USA, the jet stream push air masses from west to east. Therefore our weather  generally comes from  the west toward...
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Air Masses

  1. 1. Air Masses and Weather Fronts
  2. 2. An air mass is a large (usually thousands of miles across) volume of air that has the same temperature and humidity. Air masses get their properties from spending days to weeks over the same part of the Earth: Examples: over central Canada, the North Pole, the tropical Pacific Ocean. Describe what the air would be like in each of these places. Warm? Cold? Wet? Dry?
  3. 3. If the air mass sits over the ocean for a while, it becomes humid (wet) and is called maritime . The air will have high humidity. If the air mass sits over land for a while, it becomes dry and is called continental . The air will have low humidity.
  4. 4. If the air mass sits near the equator for a while, it becomes warm and is called tropical . If the air mass sits near the poles for a while, it becomes cold and is called polar .
  5. 5. This means there are 4 combinations: What do you think they will be? Maritime tropical = wet & warm Continental tropical = dry & warm Maritime polar = wet & cold Continental polar = dry & cold Our weather constantly changes because different kinds of air masses are being pushed around the Earth.
  6. 8. In the USA, the jet stream push air masses from west to east. Therefore our weather generally comes from the west toward Georgia.

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