Air Movement Patterns & Their Effects on Cyclones


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What separates cold air from the poles and warm winds from the midlatitudes?

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1. What are the large waves in the jet stream called that are caused by meridional flow?

2. What forms at the front edge of the cold polar air during the mature stage of a midlatitude cyclone?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This 5-question self-assessment quiz will test you on air movement patterns and how they affect midlatitude cyclones. You'll be asked to identify terms related to air flow movement, the jet stream, cyclone formation and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will ask you to:

  • Know what separates cold and warm winds from midlatitudes
  • Name a type of large jet stream wave
  • Tell what can be found at the front edge of the cold polar air during a cyclone's mature stage
  • Describe what happens leading up to the development of a midlatitude cyclone
  • Remember what you call a west-to-east jet stream flow

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw the most important facts from the related weather lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of air movement patterns to answer questions about how they affect midlatitude cyclones
  • Information recall - access information you've gained regarding jet stream waves and flows

Additional Learning

Air Movement Patterns & Their Effects on Cyclones is a related lesson that provides more information on this topic. The lesson is designed to help students:

  • Describe what happened during the '93 Super Storm
  • Define the term 'meridional flow'
  • Outline the life cycle of a cyclone