Ch 20: Weather and Storms: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Weather and Storms chapter of this College Earth Science Help and Review course is the simplest way to master storms and weather. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of weather and storms.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering college environmental science material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding the weather or the different types of storms.
  • Need an efficient way to learn about weather and storms.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra science learning resources at school.

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Weather and Storms chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Weather and Storms chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • What are some of the factors that affect wind?
  • How are the different types of air masses classified?
  • How do cyclones, hurricanes, thunderstorms and tornadoes start?
  • What are the different types of weather fronts?

18 Lessons in Chapter 20: Weather and Storms: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

1. Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

This video lesson will guide you in understanding the difference between climate and weather. Discover how they are different but related and how they are the ways you can describe atmospheric conditions on Earth.

Factors That Affect Wind: Pressure Gradient Forces, Coriolis Effect & Friction

2. Factors That Affect Wind: Pressure Gradient Forces, Coriolis Effect & Friction

In this video lesson, you will learn about wind and some factors that affect it, such as air temperature and pressure, the Coriolis effect, and friction. By the end of this lesson, you will also understand how Earth's rotation plays a role in how winds travel.

Weather Variables: Air Pressure, Temperature & Density

3. 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.

The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

4. The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

The Sahara Desert, tropical rainforests, and cold polar winds are all due to Earth's rotation. In this video lesson, you will learn how this rotation has created global air circulation patterns on Earth and how it is responsible for such diverse climate patterns across the globe.

Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

5. 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.

Understanding Weather Fronts: Types & Their Effect on Weather

6. 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.

What Are Tornadoes? - Definition, Causes & The Enhanced Fujita Scale

7. What Are Tornadoes? - Definition, Causes & The Enhanced Fujita Scale

Tornadoes are dangerous storms that affect millions of people. In this video lesson, you will learn how and where they form, as well as how scientists classify tornadoes using the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

What Are Thunderstorms? - Definition, Types & Formation

8. What Are Thunderstorms? - Definition, Types & Formation

Thunderstorms are common all over the world. In this video lesson, you will learn what they are, how they form and how they create thunder and lightning.

What Are Cyclones? - Types, Causes & Effects

9. What Are Cyclones? - Types, Causes & Effects

The word cyclone refers to many different types of storms. In this video lesson you will learn about how cyclones form, what makes each type different, and what their effects are on both people and the environment.

Hurricanes: Types, Formation, Causes & Effects

10. Hurricanes: Types, Formation, Causes & Effects

Hurricanes are dangerous storms that affect millions of people each year. But what are hurricanes and how do they form? In this video lesson you'll learn about where and how hurricanes develop as well as the types of hurricanes that are possible.

The Relationship Between El Nino & La Nina

11. The Relationship Between El Nino & La Nina

In this video lesson, you will learn about El Niño and La Niña. You will understand the differences between them, as well as some of their effects on both ocean waters and weather patterns on land.

What Are Floods? - Causes, Types & Prevention

12. What Are Floods? - Causes, Types & Prevention

In this video lesson, you will study floods, their causes and their effects. You will learn to identify various methods that are used to prevent floods and explore how preventing natural flood cycles can lead to dangerous flood events.

Cirrus Clouds: Definition, Types & Facts

13. Cirrus Clouds: Definition, Types & Facts

Cirrus clouds are a type of cloud commonly observed in the sky. In this lesson, you will learn more about what cirrus clouds are, and also how to identify the different types of cirrus clouds.

The Rain Shadow Effect: Definition & Explanation

14. The Rain Shadow Effect: Definition & Explanation

You probably know how regular shadows form. But what about rain shadows? Learn why one side of mountains tends to be so dry, and why we call it the rain shadow effect. Test your knowledge with a quiz.

What is Dew Point? - Definition, Formula & Calculation

15. What is Dew Point? - Definition, Formula & Calculation

Learn what the dew point is and how to calculate it. Understand the characteristics of the dew point temperature and how it's a useful aspect of forecasting the weather.

Condensation Nuclei: Definition & Examples

16. Condensation Nuclei: Definition & Examples

This lesson describes condensation nuclei, their forms, and their functions. It helps you to understand how clouds, fog, and precipitation all form. A summary and brief quiz are included.

Altocumulus Clouds: Definition & Facts

17. Altocumulus Clouds: Definition & Facts

Learn about altocumulus clouds, a type of mid-level cloud that is often associated with changing weather conditions. They typically form due to the convection found in unstable air masses located along frontal boundaries.

Anthropogenic Climate Change: Definition & Factors

18. Anthropogenic Climate Change: Definition & Factors

The earth's climate has always been changeable, but this time humans might be partly to blame. Here you will learn what affects the climate and how we might be contributing to the changes scientists are noticing.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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