Study Guide
Exam 3


Read Chapters 8-15, study the vocabulary terms, and review your lecture notes.


  • What direction do mid-latitude cyclones move across North America?
  • Define a hurricane by wind speed.
  • Know the characteristics of an occluded front, a cold front, and a warm front.
  • What are air mass source regions?
  • What is the sequence of clouds you experience as a warm front approaches?
  • What conditions are necessary to form a tropical cyclone?
  • What forecasting method is best suited for predicting the weather more than one month in advance?
  • Know the letter codes for describing air masses (i.e. cP, mP, cT, etc.)
  • If an air mass is warmer than the surface over which it passes, is it stable or unstable? What if it is colder than the surface over which it passes?
  • What time of the year do tornados occur most frequently? Where are they most common in our country?
  • What is a typhoon?
  • What occurs in the eye of a hurricane?
  • What time of the year are hurricanes most common in the Northern Hemisphere? Are they generally larger or smaller than mid-latitude cyclones?
  • Understand the general characteristics of the Astronomical Theory of climate change.       
  • What are the two major variables in the Koppen Climate System?   
  • Of the major climate groups in the Koppen System, which one is not humid?
  • Why are there so many deserts at 30º latitude?
  • Even though subarctic and tundra climates generally have small precipitation totals, why are they still considered to be humid climates?
  • What factors increase the concentration in of air pollution in the atmosphere?
  • What are waterspouts?
  • What latitudes are geostationary weather satellites best suited for observing atmospheric conditions?       
  • Does the Theory of Plate Tectonics offer a possible explanation for the discovery of tropical fossils that currently lie in colder climates?         
  • What happens to ocean currents during an El Nino?
  • Can lightning occur within the same cloud?
  • What happens in the cumulus stage of thunderstorm development?
  • What is a squall line?
  • Understand the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch.
  • Define the term acid precipitation in terms of pH value.
  • Know the characteristics of all the climate types discussed in class. (i.e. Mediterranean, desert, tundra, etc.)
  • You will have a matching section on the hypothetical continent.
  • You will have five questions on climate classification using monthly data.
  • You will have a matching section on the weather in various locations in a mid-latitude cyclone.
  • There will be no essay question on this final.
Last Updated: 4/18/2012 3:32 PM