The Sun makes our Weather and Shapes our Climate!. The sun is really important to mountain weather because the heating and cooling of the Earth makes weather happen! To learn more about the sun click here http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/earth/Atmosphere/overview.html
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The sun’s rays heat the ground. Once the ground is warmed, that energy is moved into the air.
Here are some ways energy is moved from the earth and through our atmosphere:
Whiteman (2000), from Water and Climate Center, Portland, OR.
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Whiteman (2000)http://www.suite101.com/files/topics/13646/files/nhjetstreams.gifWestern Mountain Ranges
Lis Cohenhttp://www.suite101.com/files/topics/13646/files/nhjetstreams.gifWhy does the Wasatch get Powdery Snow?(Before storms reach Utah)
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Find sourcehttp://www.suite101.com/files/topics/13646/files/nhjetstreams.gifMountain Precipitation
Colors show elevation changes
Lis Cohen than the Valley FloorMountain Warming and Cooling
UPSLOPE FLOW than the Valley Floor
WARM AIRDuring the Day…..
DOWN SLOPE FLOW than the Valley Floor
COOL AIRAt Night…..
Picture: Sierra Waves project 1950s than the Valley FloorWhat is there to know about Mountain Meteorology?