Air Masses and Fronts
by: Taylor Young
continental polar(C.P). When two air masses meet it usually causes bad weather such as tornados of a thunderstorm.
Fronts are boundaries between two air masses. Fronts can't just be on the surface of the earth, they have a vertical structure or slope too. Warm fronts typically have a gentle slope so the air rising along the frontal surface is gradual.
Warm fronts form where warm air masses move into cold air masses. The warm air pushes the cold air over to the side and above the warm air.
Cold fronts move faster than warm fronts most of the time. As the two fronts merge an occluded front forms. In the occluded front, the cold air goes under the warm air.