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8:33 Upward Bound Essay Assignment (due end of day Friday)

14:26 General Introduction to Week 2 – Weather Topic


Introduction to our Topic

Okay … we are going to cover a lot of ground on this “Weather” topic. We will absolutely examine weather and how it happens. But, we will ALSO examine the effects of weather. In particular we will examine weather’s contribution to erosion, weathering, and relationship with climate and climate change.

Let’s start with three things

Weather is the atmosphere’s heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, and precipitation at a particular time and location.

Weathering is caused by action of weather on physical objects near Earth’s surface. Physical and chemical changes are made to these objects.  Examples of the objects include rocks, minerals, and human made structures.

Erosion is very similar to weathering. Erosion,though, is about the movement of material from one place to another. While similar, the two concepts are not exactly the same thing.

Weather can cause weathering (physical and chemical changes) as well as erosion (movement of material).

  • Weather results in weathering and erosion
  • Weathering is a physical or chemical change to material
  • Erosion is the movement of material

Now two more things

Weather and climate often get confused with each other.

  • Weather is the atmosphere’s condition at a specific place over a short period of time.
  • Climate is the weather PATTERN over a long period of time.

You could sort-of think of the differences in terms of a student.

A student received a 62% on the most recent test. (That is sort-of like weather. The score of a test is a measurement at a specific time).

That same student, nearing graduation is known as an “A student.” This hypothetical student has received A-report cards since entering middle school. (Being an A-student would be similar to climate in this explanation. Being an A-student suggests a pattern of high grades over a long period of time).

Using our student again, this same student was a B-student in grade school. This is kind of like climate change – the student went from a pattern of good grades over the first several years of school to high grades.

  • Climate is a statistical “average” of weather over a long period of time.
  • Climate change is a significant shift of climate from one long time period to another.

Betcha Didn’t Think About This Yet …

Check these files out.

  • A metaphor – teenage explanation of how weather-climate-erosion are related to each other.
  • Climate maps – here are two world maps taken from the videos. They show climate information.

 


Wind & Water

Water Erosion

In earth science, erosion is the action of surface processes (such as water flow or wind) that remove soil, rock, or dissolved material from one location on the Earth’s crust, and then transport it to another location. Rivers of the world are a significant factor in erosion. Rivers exert hydraulic action – a force of the river against the banks can cause air to be trapped in cracks and crevices. Rivers also exert abrasion – rocks carried along by the river wear down the river bed and banks. Erosion and weathering are not the same thing. Weathering does not include movement. Weathering is the breaking down of rocks, soil, and minerals as well as wood and artificial materials through contact with the Earth’s atmosphere, water, and biological organisms.

Weather plays a large part in creating the valleys and mountains we enjoy today. Snow, rain, and wind are important factors in forces of erosion. These forces create deeper canyons, new creeks, wider rivers, and filled-in lakes. Erosion plays a part in determining types of vegetation and animals that with thrive in a location.

Here are some types of erosion that are directly observable.

  • Attrition is when small rocks hit big rocks and break them apart. The rocks tumble downstream and strike other rocks.
  • Hydraulic action is erosion from the force of water against a rock surface. This is a form of mechanical weathering similar to attrition. The difference is that attrition is when rocks hit other rocks. Hydraulic action is water hitting against the rocks.
  • Abrasion can be by wind or water. Abrasion is when rock or soil is worn away from scraping it. Wind or water carries away small particles of rock, sand or dirt.

 

Wind Erosion

Wind is the flow of air on a large scale – and smaller (local) scale also. Wind consists of the bulk movement of air.

Meteorologists describe wind using its strength, speed and direction. Short bursts of wind are often called gusts. Gusts last from a few seconds up to a minute. Stronger winds are called squalls. Squalls last for over a minute. The longest duration winds have a variety of names depending on average strengths. Some of these descriptions are commonly used during news and weather reports. These include breeze, gale, storm, and hurricane.

Several important expressions describe global winds and their effect. Starting from the equator and moving toward the poles, these expressions are: doldrums, trade winds, westerlies, and polar easterlies. Air flowing from the poles does not flow in a straight line. Further, each hemisphere has three “looping” patterns – called convection cells. Something interesting about comparing these convection cells between the two hemispheres – they are somewhat of mirror images to each other. The  six major convection cells result in “prevailing winds.”

Climate & Climate Change

Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (i.e., decades to millions of years). Climate change may refer to a change in average weather conditions, or in the time variation of weather within the context of longer-term average conditions. Climate change is caused by factors such as biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruptions.

There have been at least five major ice ages in the Earth’s history. During such periods of large-scale glaciations (lasting several million years, each), Earth’s surface has been drastically reshaped – even the features of entire continents.

 

 

 


Selected Videos

6:23 History of Ice Ages

 

2:39 What Is Wind and What Causes It?

 

5:05 Weather 101: A Tutorial on Cloud Types

 

 

Related Topics (Optional)

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