The Polar Front Theory of Cyclogenesis


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A large-scale low pressure system that moves eastward around the planet is what?

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1. The process when a midlatitude cyclone goes form origin to maturity to dissipation in a series of stages is called?

2. What is the stage of cyclogenesis where there is a distinct cold front and warm front established and a sector of warm air between cold air?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet is a great tool you can use if you wish to quickly ascertain what you know about the Polar Front Theory. You will be quizzed on relevant systems, processes and stages relating to this theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet assessment tool will measure your ability to:

  • Name an eastward-moving low pressure system
  • Identify the term describing the process of a midaltitude cyclone going from origin to dissipation
  • Note at what stage of cyclogenesis there is a sector of warm air between cold air
  • Select the term that describes the meeting of a cold and warm front where the warm air is pinched off
  • Identify when midaltitude cyclones develop more frequently and move more quickly

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as the most active time of year for midaltitude cyclones
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding low pressure systems
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about cyclogenesis

Additional Learning

'Weather' or not you've done well on this assessment, you might wish to learn more about this topic! If so, refer to the lesson titled The Polar Front Theory of Cyclogenesis, which provides the following information:

  • When the Polar Front Theory was developed
  • What the polar front is
  • Which stage describes what normally happens when east and west winds blow at the polar front
  • What happens during the wave stage
  • How fast storms move across the midaltitudes from west to east
  • The movements of warm and cold fronts
  • The number of cyclones happening in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at any given time