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Study our meteorology terms!

air pressure

The weight of the air being pulled down on an area of Earth's surface.


A tool to measure air pressure

greenhouse effect

The atmosphere lets sunlight in to warm the air and prevents all of the warmth from escaping back into space (like a greenhouse or blanket).

global warming

A gradual increase in the average temperature of Earth's atmosphere

Coriolis Effect

The curving of wind because of Earth's rotation.

jet stream

Fast moving current of air caused by large temperature differences in the atmosphere.


Movement of air from high to low pressure caused by unequal heating of the atmosphere.


Tool to measure wind speed.

wind vane

Tool to measure wind direction.

land breeze

Moves from land toward ocean.

sea breeze

Moves from ocean toward land.

wind-chill factor

Wind blowing over the skin and removing body heat.

water cycle

The movement of water between the atmosphere and the Earth's surface.

water vapor

Molecules of liquid in water escape into the air.


Water changes from a gas to a liquid (how clouds are formed).


Liquid or solid falls from clouds toward Earth's surface.


The amount of water vapor in the air.


A tool to measure humidity.


A tool to measure humidity.


the process of warm air rising and cool air sinking

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