Rotation and Weather
Name: bob w whitbeck
Date: 1993 - 1999
Please explain the effect rotation has on the Earth's weather.
There are two major effects. Because we are rotating the atmosphere is
alternately heated and cooled. This is a major effect.
Because the earth is rotating, winds and air movement is not in a straight line.
The next time you can go get on a merry go round something that rotates. Roll
marbles on a flat surface that is rotational and notice that on the merry go
round they do not move in a straight like they do on a non-rotating surface. Th is is what happens
to the winds. They rotate and turn. The other big effect is that the axis of
rotation is not perpendicular to the orbit of the earth so we have seasons.
This is a good question, there are lots of interesting things to think about her e.
Samuel P Bowen
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