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gulf stream warm ocean currents pushing along east coast
weather the condition of the atmosphere at a given time and place
climate weather conditions over a long period of time
temperature measurement of heat
greenhouse effect the process in which earths atmosphere traps heat energy
global warming the process in which earth grows warmer and warmer over a period of time
cyclones winds around centers of low atmospheric pressure
prevailing winds winds that blow from the same direction most of the time
doldrums areas with no prevailing winds
front zone of contact between two air masses of wildly different temperatures or moisture levels
evaporation process in which liquid turns into gas
humidity amount of water vapor in the air
condensation the process in which water vapor changes to a gas into little tiny droplets of water
orographic effect cooling effect that occurs when air is forced to rise over a mountain, resulting in a wetter windward side and a dryer leeward side
rain shadow dryer area on the leeward side of a mountain range
tornadoes violent twisting spirals of the air
hurricanes most powerful and destructive tropical cyclones
typhoons term for hurricanes in the western pacific oceans
ecosystems communities of plants and animals
monsoon wind system in which winds reverse direction and cause seasons of wet and dry weather
savannas areas of tropical grasslands, scattered trees, and shrubs
arid dry
deciduous forests forests made up of trees that loose their leaves during part of the year
coniferous forest forests of core-barring evergreen trees
permafrost permanetely frozen soil below the grounds surface
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