What is Weather?

By ACS Distance Education on December 22, 2013 in Environment | comments

What Makes Up Our Weather?

The following components of weather are among some of the most common weather features. An understanding of each of these is essential to expand your knowledge.

  • Rainfall
  • Temperature
  • Wind
  • Hours of Sunshine
  • Cloud
  • Fog
  • Dew
  • Mist
  • Hail
  • Sleet
  • Snow
  • Frost
  • Weather fronts
  • Lightning
  • Hurricanes
  • Dust clouds
  • Wildfire
  • Volcanic ash
  • Aurora 

The sun is a vital component to all our weather patterns. As the sun shines over different surfaces such as lakes, forests and hard surfaces, variations of warm air and air patterns emerge.
As these try to find or reach equilibrium, various types of weather form. Warm and cool air gusts appear, more moisture is transpired from forests or evaporated from lake areas than other sites, causing sections of air that are extra humid. As these rise (as warm air always does) and are blown about, various other phenomena occur. If the air has to rise over a mountain range blocking its path then clouds can develop, and depending on the type of cloud, rain clouds may form.

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