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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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Explain the seasonal precipitation pattern of the tropical savanna climate. State some of the transitional features of this climate.

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The seasonal precipitation pattern of the tropical savanna climate and to state some of the transitional features of this climate.

Explanation

The tropical savanna has its coolest month above 18°C (64.4°F). It remains wet during high-sun season and dry during lower-sun season. The savanna climate alters between high-sun doldrums

(ITCZ) and low-sun subtropical highs and trades caused by shifting winds and pressure belts.

The tropical savanna is characterized by a distinct seasonal precipitation pattern. The savanna regions are under the effect of the rain-generating Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) for part of the year and the rain-suppressing subtropical highs for the other part caused by the shifting wind and pressure belts with the subsolar point.

Transitional features of the Savanna:

The tropical savanna has a geographically transitional nature. As the tropical savanna is located between the humid rainforest climate on one side and the rain-deficient semi-arid steppe climate on the other side, it experiences some of the characters of both.

Weather: The high-sun season has rainy weather conditions that resemble that of the rainforest; however, these regions are dry as the adjacent arid regions are all year long in the low-sun season. The savanna places close to the rainforest regions may receive rain every month, and a total annual precipitation of more than180 centimeters (70 in...

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