SC.D.1.4.1 The student evaluates environmental factors to determine their effect on weather patterns
Day 1 The warm gulf stream passes the southern tip of Florida on its way north. How does the warm, moist air associated with this current affect the climate of southern Florida? • It increases the amount of rainfall • It causes prevailing easterly winds • It decreases the amount of humidity • It causes the skies to clear after sunset
Day 2 The table shows the depth where fossils were found in a sediment deposit. Given this information, which of the following is true? A. Fossil 1 is the oldest of the fossils. B. Fossil 2 is the oldest of the fossils. C. Fossil 4 was formed before fossil 3. D. Fossil 3 is a direct ancestor of fossil 4.
Day 3 Some thunderstorms are caused by convection resulting from the collision of two air masses. Which describes the collision involved in this type of thunderstorm? • Two cold fronts collide • Two warm fronts collide • A cold front moves into an area with warm air • A warm front moves into an area with cold air
Day 4 The California Current that flows past the West Coast of the United States originates near Alaska. Explain how the California Current decreases the threat of hurricanes for states such as Washington and Oregon.
Answer Day 4 • Hurricanes need warm ocean water to survive. Since the California current originates near Alaska, its cold water cannot sustain enough energy for a hurricane to form.
Probes • P. 163, 169, 177