6th grade science Ch. 2 sections 2 and 3 air masses and fronts

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air mass

A large body of air where temperature and moisture content are constant throughout

front

The boundary between air masses of different densities and usually different temperatures

cyclone

An area in the atmosphere that has lower pressure than the surrounding areas and has winds that sprial toward the center

anticyclone

The rotation of air around a high-pressure center in the direction opposite to the Earth's rotation

thuderstorm

A usually brief heavy storm that consists of rain, strong winds, lighting and thunder

lightning

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

thunder

The sound caused by the rapid expansion of air along an electrical strike

tornado

destructive, rotating column of air that has very high wind speeds, is visible as a funnel shaped cloud, and touches the ground

hurricane

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

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