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Introduction to Weather
Chapter 1
High Pressure
Also called an anticyclone
Winds blow clockwise and away (diverge) from the center
Associated with fair weather
Symbol - H
Low Pressure
Also called a cyclone
Winds blow counterclockwise and into (converge) the center
Associated with poor weather
Symbol - L
AIR MASSES – large volume of air that has a relatively
uniform temperature and humidity
1. Continental Polar – cP – cold and dry (Canada)
2. Maritime Polar – mP – cold and wet (Gulf of Alaska)
3. Continental Tropical – cT – hot and dry (Mexico)
4. Maritime Tropical – mT – hot and wet (Gulf of Mexico)
5. Arctic – A – very cold and dry (Northern Canada)
Notes on air masses
1. Tropical air masses show less variation throughout the
year compared with polar air masses because solar
intensity and duration is more constant in the tropics
This means that cP air is much colder in the
winter than in the summer
2. An air mass changes as it moves from its source
The modifications in an air mass depend on the
surface that it is moving over – bare land, snow
covered land, water
Fronts – the boundary between air masses
1. Cold Front
Generally, a narrow band of
precipitation along or just ahead
of the surface front, where
precipitation is brief (couple of
minutes to a few hours)
Precipitation can be severe
Boundary between advancing cold
air and retreating warm air
Plotted on a map as a blue line
with triangles pointed in the
direction of motion
2. Warm Front
Generally, a wide band of precipitation
along or just ahead of the surface warm
front, where precipitation can be
persistent (12-24 hours)
Precipitation is generally light to
Boundary between advancing warm air
and retreating cold air
Plotted on a map as a red line with
semi-circles pointed in the direction of
Ways to locate a front on a surface weather map:
1. Precipitation/Clouds
2. Wind Shift
3. Temperature Difference
4. Dew Point Difference (change in relative humidity)
A cyclone with the
warm and cold fronts
extending outward
from the low pressure
center. Showers
generally form along
the warm front, while
more severe weather
can occur along the
cold front.
This shows how the
warm and cold
fronts act as
boundaries between
different air masses.
Notice how the
wind directions are
different on either
side of the fronts,
and that the flow is
and convergent.
Other Fronts
1. Stationary – a nonmoving front where
winds on either side blow
in opposite directions
2. Occluded – when the air
behind the cold front
overtakes the air ahead of
the warm front
Other Interesting (Non-frontal) Surface Weather
1. Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
2. Lake Effect Snow
3. Land/Sea Breeze – in the summer, areas near large
bodies of water are generally cooler during the day and
warmer at night