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SCMS Sem 1 Voc 5

Vocabulary #5 Climatic Interactions

Weather State of the atmosphere at a specific time and place; determined by factors including air pressure, amount of moisture in the air, temperature and wind.
Climate Average weather pattern in an area over a long period of time; can be classified by temperature, humidity, precipitation, and vegetation.
Radiation Energy transferred by waves or rays. An example would be solar rays.
Convection Transfer of heat by the flow of material. The movements of ocean currents as well as air masses occur through convection currents.
Conduction Transfer of heat from one substance to another substance through contact. As in the transfer of heat from the ground to the air that it touches.
Specific Heat The heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of substance one degree Celsius. Water has a high specific heat and requires a lot of energy to raise or lower its temperature.
Air Mass Large body of air that has the same characteristics of temperature and moisture content as the part of earth’s surface over which it formed.
Front Boundary between two air masses with different temperatures, density, or moisture; can be cold, warm, occluded, or stationary.
Pressure Force exerted on a surface divided by the total area over which the force is exerted. Atmospheric air pressure decreases with altitude.
Equilibrium A condition in which all acting influences are canceled by others, resulting in a stable, balanced, or unchanging system. When forces are balanced no wind or other changes occur.
Created by: pam_brooks