Defining Climate

By Collin Pruitt, & Drake Elliott

Climatology

  • study of earth's climate
  • factors that cause past, present, and future climatic changes
  • long -term weather patterns of an area.

Normals

  • Standard value for a location, including rainfall, wind speed, and temperatures, based on meteorolical records complied for at least 30 years.
  • data include daily high and low temperature.
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Tropics

  • The area between 23.5, S and 23.5,N of the equator.
  • Tropical areas receive the most solar radiation, because the sun's rays are nearly perpendicular to earths surface.

Temerature Zone

  • An area of the Earth's surface that possesses a distinct type of climate.
  • Lies between 23.5' and 66.5 North and South of the equator.
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Polar zone

  • Are located from 66.5 north and south of the equator to the poles.
  • Always cold.
  • Thule, Greenland, located at 77 N, has average maximum temperature between -20'C and 8'C year-round.
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