Meteorology Terms Chapter 17

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TemperatureA measure of the average kinetic energy of the individual atoms or molecules in a substance.ConductionThe transfer of heat through matter by molecular activity.ConvectionThe transfer of heat by mass movement or circulation within a substance.RadiationTravels out in all directions from its source. Can travel through the vacuum of space .ReflectionOccurs when an electromagnetic wave bounces off an object.ScatteringProduces a larger number of weaker rays that travel in different directions.Greenhouse EffectHaving absorbing gasses in our atmosphere that prevent Earth from not being a suitable habitat for most types of living things. Named because like in its name the atmosphere prevents the harmful gasses from mixing with the harmless air.AlbedoThe fraction of total radiation that is reflected by any surface.IsothermLines that connect points that have the same temperature.