Intro to Meteorology Week 4 Essay

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1) Which of the six colors of the rainbow is refracted the greatest? Out of the 7 colors of the rainbow, Violet is refracted the greatest. 2) What is a mirage and why does it always disappear as the observer gets closer? A mirage is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky. Mirages appear at very low viewing angles, when you are far away. As you approach, the viewing angle increases and the mirage disappears, or moves farther away. The reflection of heat dissipates in the human eye causing the mirage or blur to vanish. 3) If you were looking for a rainbow in the morning, which direction (N, S, E, W) would you face and why? It is best to look…show more content…
The same cloud that is not fog on lower ground may be fog where it contacts higher ground such as hilltops or mountain ridges. A cloud is a visible mass of condensed droplets or ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of the Earth or another planetary body. The branch of meteorology in which clouds are studied is nephrology. 13) If you see towering puffy clouds in the afternoon, you are probably seeing what kind of cloud? A cumulonimbus Cloud. What does this mean for the weather forecast this afternoon and early evening? Cumulonimbus clouds are mostly affiliated with thunderstorms, lightning, heavy rainfall, blizzard or hail. The forecast should reflect rain or chances of rain. 14) What is a weather satellite and how does it help us make forecasts? A weather satellite is used by meteorologists to gather information about the weather. Weather satellites give meteorologists a view of weather patterns over a very large area. This enables meteorologists to track large weather patterns and make more accurate predictions of future weather behavior. 15) How do computers help weather forecasting? Using computers in meteorology helps weather forecasters analyze the atmosphere by drawing weather maps separately for each of several atmospheric levels. Then the computer can put it all together and generate a prediction. Can we just let the computer tell us what the weather will be without human

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