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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Colors show elevation changes