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6th Grade, Chapter 12 - The Atmosphere in Motion

Teacher: Mrs. Morey
Amount of water vapor in the atmosphere
Boundary that develops where air masses of different temperatures collide; can be cold, warm, stationary, or occluded
Measure of the amount of water vapor in the air compared with the amount that could be held at a specific temperature
Solids, such as dust, salt, and pollen, and liquid droplets, such as acids, that are suspended in the atmosphere
Large body of air that develops over a particular region of Earth's surface
Never ending cycle in which water circulates between Earth's surface and the atmosphere through the process of evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, and condensation
Layer of the atmosphere that is closest to Earth's surface and contains nearly all of its clouds and weather
Temperature at which air is saturated and condensation can occur
Current conditions of the atmosphere including cloud cover, temperature, wind speed and direction, humidity, and air pressure
Large storm, up to 970 km in diameter, that begins as a low pressure area over tropical oceans, has sustained winds that can reach 250 km/h and gusts up to 300 km/h
Violent, whirling wind, usually less than 200 m in diameter, that travels in a narrow path over land and can be highly destructive
Occurs when drops of water or crystals of ice become too large to be suspended in a cloud and fall in the form of rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow, or hail
Layer of gases surrounding Earth that protects living things from harmful ultra-violet radiation and x-ray radiation and absorbs and distributes warmth