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PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY – 4a Weather

Weather is the state of the atmosphere, to the degree that it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy.

The weather affects every one of us, from the simple act of deciding whether to take an umbrella out with us to a pilot of a plane changing course to avoid a thunderstorm.

The Earth’s atmosphere exhibits an extraordinary variety of weather phenomena. On a local level, we may feel a gust of wind that lasts just a few seconds. On a global scale, the circulations of huge cells of air determine regional climates and weather systems. The world’s weather is always on the move, pushed and shaped by air currents in the atmosphere. Our personal experience of weather from day to day is a tiny sample of this global weather system.

In this page you will be able to learn about the weather in the UK as well as learning about how meteorologists study and measure the weather.

When studying the weather there are lots of key words that you need to learn. Here is a list of some of the most common. You have probably heard most of these before, but do you know the meaning of them? You can click on each word to learn more.

AtmosphereBlizzardsClimate
DroughtEvaporationFog
HurricanesLightningMeteorology
PrecipitationRainTemperature
Water Cycle

Follow these hyperlinks to learn more:-

  1. Met Office – Weather for Kids
  2. BBC – What is weather?
  3. Weather Wiz Kids

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