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Wind is a very useful and important part of our environment. It can help spread plant seeds, circulate small bodies of water, and even be harnessed to produce electricity.
Wind occurs as a result of air moving from an area of high atmospheric pressure to an area of low atmospheric pressure. Because of Earth’s rotation, wind is deflected and moves horizontally instead of up and down.
Wind speeds tend to decrease at night because the temperature of Earth’s surface and the air around it decreases. During the day, the Sun heats Earth and the air around it. At night, the air in the lower atmosphere becomes cooler than the air above it. This makes it difficult for the air near Earth to rise or move, so wind moves slower.
To understand this better check out this fun video below:
Although it may be hard to notice, air particles tend to travel in large groups called “air masses”. Different air masses have different temperatures, and when a cold air mass replaces a warm air mass, there is a cold front.
On a weather map, cold fronts are marked by solid blue lines with arrows pointing in the direction that the air is moving. Cold fronts cause a sudden drop in temperature, as much as 15 degrees in one hour. They can also bring sudden storms and cause the wind to shift directions.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. All beautiful times with their own unique qualities – but why do we have these different seasons?
There is a common misconception that seasons change because we are farther or closer to the sun – however, this is not the case because Earth’s change in distance from the sun, especially in individual hemispheres, is not great enough to cause seasons to change.
The science behind why seasons change lies in the tilt of Earth with respect to the sun. In Wisconsin, we experience winter because the Northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun. By summer, Earth has rotated halfway around the sun, so the Northern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun.
Check out the video below to get a better understanding of how the position of Earth around the sun changes throughout the year!
As cooler weather and shorter days set in, nature puts on a spectacular show in the form of fall colors. Seeing the leaves change from bright emerald hues to gold, amber, and burgundy is a lovely time of year for paddling and outdoor activities. The science behind why this occurs is amazing!
In the spring and summer, leaves go through photosynthesis to create energy. The cells in which photosynthesis occur contain chlorophyll, the pigmented chemical that gives leaves their green tint. As the days shorten and the temperatures cool down, leaves stop going through photosynthesis and chlorophyll breaks down. This allows underlying yellow and orange hues to show through – these tints come from chemicals like carotene and xanthophyll. The exact shade of yellow, orange, red, or brown that a tree will turn is based on specific balances of chlorophyll and these other chemicals.
Fall colors vary every year based on exact weather patterns, such as precipitation and temperature. Enjoy the colors and spending time in sandals while the weather still allows for it!