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Weather aircraft: aircraft that carry weather instruments and collect data in the upper levels of the troposphere. They are primarily used to probe storm clouds, within which they measure temperature, air pressure, and wind speed and direction. weather forecast: a prediction of what the weather will be like in the future, based on present and past conditions. weather map: a map of a large geographic region, on which weather station entries are plotted. By looking at a weather map, a meteorologist can determine the locations of fronts, regions of high and low pressure, the dividing line between temperatures below freezing and above freezing, and the movement of storm systems.
Whiteout: a condition in which falling, drifting, and blowing snow reduces visibility to almost zero. wildfire: a large, uncontrolled fire in grass, brush, or trees. wind farm: a large group of interconnected wind turbines. wind power: power, in the form of electricity, derived from the wind. wind shear: a condition in which a vertical layer of air is sandwiched between two other vertical layers, each of which is traveling at a different speed and/or direction, causing the sandwiched air layer to roll.
These days are on or about March 21, the vernal equinox, and on or about September 23, the autumnal equinox. These two days mark the beginnings of spring and fall, respectively. The uneven heating of the atmosphere sets the atmosphere in motion. Air moves through the atmosphere in such a way as to even out the distribution of heat around the planet, with warm air moving from the equator to cold areas at the poles and cold air back toward the equator. The movement of air between the equator and the poles is influenced by other factors as well, such as differences in composition of air over land and sea, and Earth’s rotation.