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Ch 1 & 16 Earth Science 8th Grade

the short-term state of the atmosphere, including temperature, humidity, precipitation, wind, and visibility
an instrument used to measure wind speed
an area in the atmosphere that has lower pressure than the surrounding areas and has winds that spiral toward the center
an electric discharge that takes place between two oppositely charged surfaces, such as between a cloud and the ground, between two clouds, or between two parts of the same cloud
the ratio of the amount of water vapor in the air to the amount of water vapor needed to reach saturation at a given temperature
a collection of small water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air, which forms when the air is cooled and condensation occurs
a destructive, rotating column of air that has very high wind speeds and that may be visible as a funnel-shaped cloud
a usually brief, heavy storm that consists of rain, strong winds, lightning, and thunder
the rotation of air around a high pressure center in the direction opposite to Earth’s rotation.
the scientific study of the ocean, including the properties and movements of ocean water, the characteristics of the ocean floor, and the organisms that live in the ocean
the boundary between air masses of different densities and usually different temperatures
the scientific study of the universe
an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure
the scientific study of the origin, history, and structure of Earth and the processes that shape Earth
an instrument that measures and indicates temperature
a severe storm that develops over tropical oceans and whose strong winds of more than 120 km/h spiral in toward the intensely low-pressure storm center
the scientific study of Earth’s atmosphere, especially in relation to weather and climate
any form of water that falls to Earth’s surface from the clouds
the sound caused by the rapid expansion of air along an electrical strike
the change of state from a gas to a liquid
a large body of air throughout which temperature and moisture content are similar