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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

How do warm and cold fronts differ in duration and precipitation characteristics?

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The way in which warm fronts differ in terms of duration and precipitation, from that of cold fronts.

Explanation

During the movement of an air mass, it would interact with other different air masses possessing different moisture and temperature characteristics. The zone of contact between the two is referred as a front. Fronts are represented on the weather maps by lines showing the zone of contact with symbols indicating the type of front and direction of movement of the front or if it is motionless.

Fronts are distinguished based on whether a colder air mass is advancing on a warmer one or vice versa. A cold front is produced when a mass of cold air dynamically advances in on a mass of warmer air and pushes it upward.

Cold fronts normally move swiftly with a blunted forward edge that pulls the warmer adjacent air upward...

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