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The study of how the earth's atmosphere works, including weather forecasting. Use this tag for questions about the earth's weather. When asking questions specifically about the atmosphere, also include the [atmosphere] tag.

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Below is a picture of a typical sunset that I have been observing lately at an undisclosed location in the Southern Hemisphere: Given that the base of the picture is parallel to sea level, you can …
asked May 6 '15 by Kenshin
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75% of the world's tornadoes occur in the USA, and within the USA these tornadoes are most likely to occur in particular regions of the country, such as the well known "tornado alley". The diagram be …
asked Apr 26 '14 by Kenshin
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George Hadley's initial model of the Hadley cell described air as being heated at the equator, ascending, and then moving aloft pole-wards where it would cool and descend. Meanwhile surface air would …
asked Apr 21 '14 by Kenshin
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Good question. It would seem without much thought, that air in a high pressure zone should move towards the air in low pressure zone, resulting in a disappearance of the pressure gradient. The reaso …
answered Apr 23 '14 by Kenshin
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I have heard that extreme storm events can be caused simply by a butterfly flapping its wings somewhere in a distant location. Is it true that such a small disturbance in the air in one location can …
asked Apr 17 '14 by Kenshin
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Snowflakes are known to form into pretty hexagonal structures. The image below shows a variety of such structures that are possible (although by all means not an exhaustive list): What is the mec …
asked Apr 23 '14 by Kenshin
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It is well known that the jet stream follows an overall meandering pattern, but what is less well known is that this meandering pattern itself moves as a wave with a velocity much slower than the velo …
asked Apr 19 '14 by Kenshin