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Day to day, short term current local conditions. Eg. Sunny with clear skies.
Average long term atmospheric conditions in a region based on many years of data.
Incoming solar radiation or energy.
The result of the amount of solar radiation a place gets at a given time of year.
The percent of the solar radiation reflected back into space away from the planet.
At higher latitudes the sunlight hits earth’s surface at an angle. Equator receives more direct energy.
Slopes facing sun receive most energy throughout the year.
Farther away from “warm” land surface the air becomes less dense.
Hot air is less dense and rises, creates low pressure area. Air from high pressure area, or cooler air, moves in to replace it.
Lowest level of the atmosphere, contains all the factors of weather.
Layer above the Troposphere, ozone layer is found here and commercial airplanes fly in this layer.
Third layer of atmosphere, meteors can break up in this layer as atmosphere becomes more dense compared to space.
Fourth layer of atmosphere, is very thin and solar radiation heats the molecules here very fast. Layer were auroras happen.
Last layer of atmosphere that merges with space. Satellites are found here.