Factors Affecting the Diurnal Cycle: Clouds and Moisture

John Nielsen-Gammon, John Fulton, John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas A&M University, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Sandia National Laboratories, Texas A&M University, Department of Atmospheric Sciences

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This undergraduate meteorology tutorial is one in a series explaining how and why the temperature rises and falls at the surface of the Earth. It discusses the effect on surface temperatures of soil type, surface moisture, and clouds or fog.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Topics: Atmosphere