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Weather

Ms. Miles terms and definitions

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radiation energy transferred by electromagnetic waves.
conduction energy transferred by direct contact between 2 objects.
convection energy transferred by the circular motion of liquids & gases.
electromagnetic spectrum The spectrum of waves from gamma rays to radio waves
greenhouse effect the warming of the earth caused by gases in the atmosphere trapping heat.
weather The current conditions of the atmosphere at a given location.
barometer Instrument used to measure air pressure
anemometer instrument used to measure wind speed
front boundary between two air masses
hurricane rotating low pressure area that forms over warm oceans and produces heavy rains & strong winds.
global warming gradual increase in the average temperature of the earth.
high pressure associated with fair skies and dry conditions.
low pressure associated with cloudy skies and wet conditions.
air pressure a measure of the gases in the atmosphere pressing down on a particular spot on earth.
density mass divided by volume (amount of matter packed into a specific volume of space)
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