Chapter 10 Earth's Weather Patterns Mrs. Habing

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atmosphere

The layers of air that surround the earth

air pressure

The force of the weight of air pressing down on a unit of area

relative humidity

A comparison of the actual amount of water vapor in the air to the amount of water vapor that would be in the air if it were saturated

front

The boundary between two air masses that collide

climate

The average of all weather conditions in an area over a period of time

thunderstorm

A strong storm with rain, lightning, and thunder

tornado

A violently rotating column of air that extends downward from a thundercloud and touches the ground

hurricane

A large, rotating tropical storm system with wind speeds of at least 74 miles per hour

blizzard

A winter storm with strong winds and large amounts of heavy, blowing snow

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