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CLIMATIC INTERACTIONS TEST REVIEW
1. What is convection?
2. Why do convection currents form in Earth’s atmosphere?
3. What are the 3 factors that affect air pressure?
4. What is humidity?
5. Draw a picture that shows the pattern of global winds.
6. What is the Coriolis Effect?
7. Which direction does wind blow? (Take air pressure into consideration)
8. What do the symbols mT, cT, mP and cP stand for?
9. What are the air masses in the United States? Please describe the temperature, humidity and location
of each.
10. What are the 3 fronts we covered? Describe the weather associated with each.
11. Describe hurricanes.
12. Why do hurricanes tend to fall apart when they hit land?
13. What determines the temperature of ocean currents?
14. What type of current creates warm climates in the coastal areas that would otherwise be a lot cooler?
15. What type of current creates cooler climates in coastal areas that would otherwise be a lot warmer?
16. Describe the difference in the formation of surface currents and deep ocean currents.
17. What happens to the air above warm water? What does it form?
18. Describe what happens in the Pacific Ocean during a “normal” (non-El Nino) year.
19. What changes occur in the Pacific during El Nino? How does this change the weather?
20. What is upwelling? How is it beneficial?
21. Would you find High or Low pressure in an area with warm temperature? Why?
22. Would you find High or Low pressure in an area with little to no humidity? Why?

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