Net Radiation and Temperature
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This page first made public: May 7, 2008
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After they have completed their work, I set aside the first part of the next class so we can discuss the assignment. There is a VERY common misconception that the temperature minimum occurs at the same time as the net radiation minimum. I bring a plot of the actual temperature cycle from the same day and we talk about why the earth continues to cool down until the dawn hours.
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