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Videos about Clouds, Weather, and Climate

These videos cover various topics related to clouds, weather, and climate. They were created by the Little Shop of Physics (LSOP) and the CMMAP Project.

Greenhouse gases - Scott Denning
Professor Scott Denning of the Atmospheric Science Department at Colorado State University explains how greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere warm our planet.
Length: 7 minutes 5 seconds

Beaufort Scale of Wind Speed
Historical scientist Francis Beaufort was a mariner who developed a scale for determining wind speed.
Length: 1 minute 10 seconds

Extreme Winds - Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Some winds move in a circular motion. The air carries angular momentum, which can cause winds to speed up as a spinning air mass gets smaller.
Length: 3 minutes 23 seconds

Wind Speed and Direction at Different Heights
Winds often blow at different speeds and in different directions at different heights above the ground. Obstacles on the ground, like buildings, mountains, and trees, can alter the wind's flow.
Length: 3 minutes 33 seconds

Cotton Candy and Windmills
A machine for making cotton candy illustrates how air pressure, wind, and a bit of spin control the flow of air around our planet... and make for a tasty treat!
Length: 3 minutes 13 seconds

Convection Cells Move Air Around
Warm air rises; cool air sinks. This process of convection moves air around in our atmosphere, causing winds to blow.
Length: 3 minutes 5 seconds

Global Winds
Convection moves warm and cold air around. Global winds on our planet are also influenced by Earth's spin. Brian demonstrates this with a spinning bowl and dry ice.
Length: 5 minutes 39 seconds

A model of global atmospheric circulation
Taka Ito, an oceanographer at Colorado State University, uses a spinning water tank with warm and cold water to demonstrate global circulation of wind and how Earth's spin affects the wind .
Length: 2 minutes 4 seconds

Last modified November 15, 2010 by Randy Russell.

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