Ch 28: Basics of Weather & Climate

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Check out our helpful chapter on the basics of climate and weather to help you get through your homework or prepare for a test. We provide access to these mobile-friendly, comprehensive lessons 24 hours a day.

Basics of Weather & Climate - Chapter Summary

Study the basics of weather and climate at your own pace with this engaging chapter. Our lessons cover subjects such as the relationship between climate and the uneven heating of the earth's surface and the natural factors that determine a region's climate. Once you finish this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain how climate is affected by geography
  • Outline the geography of the four seasons
  • Identify the different weather variables
  • Discuss the ways in which geography affects the weather
  • Detail the different types of weather fronts and their effects on the weather
  • Explore the different air mass types
  • Describe the tools, maps and symbols used to predict the weather

In this chapter, you'll find the resources that you need to study these topics, including lessons, videos and more. Before or after reviewing the lessons, you can take the lesson quizzes to quickly assess your understanding. Any questions that come up along the way can be directed to one of our instructors through the Dashboard.

9 Lessons in Chapter 28: Basics of Weather & Climate
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How the Uneven Heating of Earth's Surface Affects Climate

1. How the Uneven Heating of Earth's Surface Affects Climate

In this lesson, we'll be exploring how the uneven heating of the Earth causes characteristic climates in different parts of the globe. We'll cover why the Earth doesn't heat evenly and the climates it causes in tropical, temperate and polar regions.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

2. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.

How Geography Affects Climate

3. How Geography Affects Climate

Have you ever wondered why the Earth has so many different climates? In this lesson, you will learn about the relationships between geography and climate that help provide an explanation about the differences.

Geography of the Four Seasons

4. Geography of the Four Seasons

This lesson will explain how the earth's axis and rotation affect seasons. In doing this, it will also highlight the concept of the summer and winter solstices, as well as how seasons vary around the globe.

Weather Variables: Air Pressure, Temperature & Density

5. Weather Variables: Air Pressure, Temperature & Density

Weather is influenced by a number of factors. In this lesson, you will learn about three key variables that control weather and how they work together to do so.

How Geography Affects the Weather

6. How Geography Affects the Weather

After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain how geography affects the weather, including physical geography and human geography. A short quiz will follow.

Understanding Weather Fronts: Types & Their Effect on Weather

7. Understanding Weather Fronts: Types & Their Effect on Weather

In this video lesson you will learn about how air masses with different characteristics create weather fronts. You will also identify the different types of fronts, as well as what type of weather occurs along them.

Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

8. Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

Air masses affect weather in a number of different ways. In this lesson, you will learn about the different types of air masses found on Earth and how the movement of air masses creates changes in the weather.

Predicting the Weather: Tools, Maps & Symbols

9. Predicting the Weather: Tools, Maps & Symbols

How do weather forecasters predict the weather? What tools are used? When you look at a weather map, what do all the symbols mean? Learn about predicting and mapping the weather in this lesson.

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