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The Evolution and Weather Conditions of Fronts.

LAB MODULE 8: AIR MASSES AND WEATHER SYSTEMS

Note: Please refer to the GETTING STARTED lab module to learn how to maneuver through and answer the lab questions using the Google Earth () component.

Key Terms

You should know and understand the following terms:

Air mass

Cold front

Occluded Front

● Continental (c)

Downburst

Stationary Front

● Maritime (m)

Front

Thunderstorm

● Arctic or Antarctic (A)

Mesocyclones

Tropical Cyclones

● Polar (P)

Microburst

Warm Front

● Tropical (T)

Mid-latitude cyclone

Weather

LAB LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After successfully completing this module, you should be able to the following tasks:

● Identify and describe air masses and their associated moisture and temperature conditions

● Describe fronts and frontal systems

● Identify the evolution and migration of a mid-latitude cyclone in the US

● Identify the mechanisms producing thunderstorms, tornados, and hurricanes

● Interpret maps showing the geographical distributions of severe weather systems

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