Glossaries

Geography
Air Mass
A huge block of air moving over the earth
Air Pressure
The weight of the air pressing down on the earth’s surface
Barometer
Used to measure air pressure in millibars
Anamometer
used to measure wind speed
climate
the average weather of a place over 30 years
weather
the state of the atmosphere
cloud cover
how much of the sky is hidden by cloud, given in oktas (eighths)
convectional rainfall
rain caused by the sun heating the ground which heats the air which rises to form clouds
depression
a weather system made up of two fronts, a warm front followed by a cold front . It brings wet and windy weather
front
the leading edge of an air mass
frontall rainfall
rain caused when a warm front meets a cold front.
meteorologist
a person who studies weather and climate
north atlantic drift
a warm current in the atlantic ocean
precipitation
rain caused as air is forced to rise over a hill or mountain
relief rainfall
water falling from the sky; it could fall as rain, sleet or snow
thermometer
an instrument used to measure temperature

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