Physical Geography 101
Cyclones and Anticyclones Study Guide


After the "Cyclones and Anticyclones" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

What is an anticyclone?

How does an anticyclone spin in the Northern Hemisphere?

How does an anticyclone spin in the Southern Hemisphere?

Describe the air movement in an anticyclone in the Northern Hemisphere.

Describe the weather development and conditions in an anticyclone.

What is a cyclone?

How does a cyclone spin in the Northern Hemisphere?

How does a cyclone spin in the Southern Hemisphere?

Describe the air movement in a cyclone in the Northern Hemisphere.

Describe the weather development and conditions in a cyclone.

What are the different types of traveling cyclones?

What is a front or frontal boundary?

Describe the formation of, air movement, cloud development and precipitation in a cold front.

Draw and label a diagram showing all the major features and movement of air masses in a cold front.

Describe the formation of, air movement, cloud development and precipitation in a warm front.

Draw and label a diagram showing all the major features and movement of air masses in a warm front.

Describe the formation of, air movement, cloud development and precipitation in an occluded front.

Draw and label a diagram showing all the major features and movement of air masses in an occluded front.

What is a stationary front?

What is the Polar Front?

Draw the proper map symbol (using the correct color) for a cold front, warm front, occluded front, and stationary front.

Describe and diagram the stages of development of a wave cyclone.

Briefly describe the typical paths taken by wave cyclones across North America. Why do they follow this path?