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Atmospheric Movement and Fronts

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Atmospheric Movement and Fronts

Earth & Space Science

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You get to learn the difference between weather and climate and try your skill at weather and hurricane prediction. You will also learn about the gases that make up the Earth’s atmosphere.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • State that weather changes are caused by the motion of air masses.
  • Define fronts.
  • Describe four types of fronts, including cold, warm, occluded, and stationary fronts.
  • Define properties of fronts.
  • List the weather changes caused by fronts.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What are air masses?

~ Air masses, which are responsible for the day-to-day changes in regional weather, are large bodies of air particles with similar temperatures and humidity levels that take on the characteristics of regions they move through.

What happens when a cold air mass meets a warm air mass?

~ Because warm air masses have a much lower density than cold air masses, a warm air mass rises above a cold one and a cold front is produced.

What kind of weather results from a warm front?

~ Warm fronts usually bring warmer temperatures and light rain.

How are occluded and stationary fronts formed?

~ An occluded front is formed when two cold air masses meet, move forward through each other, and raise a warm air mass between them. A stationary front is formed when a warm and cold front meet each other, but neither displaces the other, and there is no movement.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define air mass, atmosphere, and cold front.
Course Earth & Space Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary air mass, atmosphere, cold front