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Weather and Atmosphere Basics Review

R. Hulsman

This helps middle school students review key terms and concepts for a beginning study of meteorology.

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2.weather forecasts for more than 24 hours in the future are not considered to be very __________________.
4.measures in inches or millibars
7.The troposphere is the ___________________ atmospheric layer
10.describes weather conditions that are likely in the future
11.where atoms and molecules of the atmosphere escape into space
13.at approximately 0.93% and 0.000009% respectively, two permanent atmospheric gases with very small volumes
17.this layer contains almost no moisture or dust
18.common name for the mixture of Earth's atmospheric gases
20.methane, ozone, carbon dioxide, and water vapor are all called this because their amounts change in response to activities in the environment
22.layer in which the atmosphere is first heated by the Sun
23.a tool to measure relative humidity
26.the thickness of this layer depends on the season and location on Earth
28.the type of weather report that is qualitative rather than quantitative
29.what the ancient Greeks called anything that fell from the sky
30.the second most abundant gas found in Earth's atmosphere
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1.ozone is considered a pollutant in the lower atmosphere, but it is essential to have in the atmosphere because it protects us from deadly rays of ___________________ __________
3.at sea level this results in a force equal to approximately 150 kg of atmospheric gases pushing down on a person's head
5.you must face into the wind to use this correctly
6.to determine wind direction, stand with a compass facing ___________ the wind
8.this is a fast-flowing river of wind found in the region where the bottom two layers of Earth's atmosphere meet (two words)
9.the properties of air that affect weather
12.a layer of the atmosphere in which the aurora borealis and the aurora australis form
14.Earth's atmosphere and Earth's oceans are similar in that they both consist of ______________
15.in most layers of the Earth's atmosphere the relative volume of this substance is approximately 78%
16.measures temperature
19.meteors burn up here producing what are called "shooting stars"
21.the gases that surround the Earth
24.one way in which Earth's atmosphere is different from any of its oceans is that the atmosphere is much _____________ than even the deepest parts of the oceans
25.There is no real _________________ between Earth's atmosphere and space
27.any type of weather that is dangerous or causes damage

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