Environmental Science 102
Weather Systems: Fronts and Cyclones Study Guide


After the "Weather Systems: Fronts and Cyclones" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

How does air move with repsect to pressure?

What is the relationship between wind speed and pressure gradient?

What are the major global wind belts

What is the Coriolis Effect?

How is apparent motion affected for free moving objects in the Northern Hemisphere?

How is apparent motion affected for free moving objects in the Southern Hemisphere?

How is apparent motion affected for free moving objects at the Equator?

What is a cyclone?

What is an anticylcone?

How does an anticyclone spin in the Southern Hemisphere?

How does a cyclone spin in the Northern Hemisphere?

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

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

Describe the weather development and conditions in an anticyclone.

What is a front or frontal boundary?

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

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

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

Describe the formation of, air movement, cloud development and precipitation along a dry line.

What is a stationary front?

What is the Polar Front?

Draw a ground view diagram showing a cold front; a warm front; an occluded 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?