Weather Systems and Severe Weather

9.1 Learning Outcomes

In this activity, you will explore the relationships between temperature, atmospheric pressure, and humidity with daily weather forecasts. You will also use hurricane track information to understand various factors that encourage the formation of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. By the end of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Interpret regional patterns of atmospheric pressure.
  • Determine how atmospheric pressure variation and temperature changes can be used to predict upcoming weather.
  • Analyze the tracks of hurricanes in 2005 to compare wind speed to the atmospheric pressure within the hurricane and sea surface temperatures.
  • Determine the impact of atmospheric pressure and sea surface temperatures on hurricane strength.

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The companion OER eTextbook connected to this activity is Physical Geography and Natural Disasters.

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