Regional Climates

Latitude plays the largest role in determining the climate at a particular location. Other important factors include altitude, proximity to a large body of water, ocean currents, and wind patterns. Seasonal variations and multi-year cycles that produce warm, cool, wet, or dry periods are a natural part of climate variability.

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The tilt of Earth's axis relative to its orbit around the Sun results in predictable changes in the duration of daylight and the amount of sunlight received at any latitude throughout a year. These... Explanation Regional Climates Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
Earth's climate is influenced by interactions involving the Sun, ocean, atmosphere, clouds, ice, land, and life. Climate varies by region as a result of local differences in these interactions. (C... Explanation Climate and ESS, Regional Climates Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
The most important determining factor for the climate at a particular location is its latitude and the time of the year. At any given latitude, variations occur due to other factors such as altitud... Explanation Regional Climates Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Science Overview PCEP
Climate changes are underway in the United States and are projected to grow. Changes observed in U.S. include temperature rise, sea-level rise, increase in heavy downpours, rapidly retreating glaci... Research Finding Regional Climates, Home/Nation Impacts: Water Cycle Changes, Water/Food Impacts: Water Cycle Changes, Ecosystems/Biodiversity Impacts: Water Cycle Changes, Public Health Impacts: Water Cycle Changes, Economy Impacts: Water Cycle Changes Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States: Highlights PCEP
This Key Idea has an illustration and text describing El Nino and La Nina patterns from a Micronesia point of view. Click "View Source" on the right to see the illustration and read the detailed de... Explanation Regional Climates Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Adapting to a Changing Climate PCEP

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