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UCAR Center for Science Education | Spark (K-12)

The Troposphere - Overview

The troposphere is the lowest layer of Earth's atmosphere. Most of the mass (about 75-80%) of the atmosphere is in the troposphere. Most types of clouds are found in the troposphere, and almost all weather occurs within this layer.

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The Stratosphere - Overview

The stratosphere is a layer of Earth's atmosphere. It is the second layer of the atmosphere as you go upward. The troposphere, the lowest layer, is right below the stratosphere. The next higher layer above the stratosphere is the mesosphere.

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Clouds and How They Form

Clouds are made of water droplets or ice crystals that are so small and light they are able to stay in the air. But how does the water and ice that makes up clouds get into the sky? And why do different types of clouds form? 

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Clouds, A Teaching Box

Clouds are both universal and mysterious. The science of clouds helps students feel closer to the sky and in awe of nature as they learn elementary concepts of physics, the water cycle, and atmospheric science. Explore the educational resources in this teaching box and bring cloud science to your elementary students.

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UCAR Center for Science Education | Weather and Climate Related Classroom Activities

Weather Activities :: Climate Change Activities :: Sun-Earth Connection Activities :: Atmosphere and Chemistry Activities

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Introduction to Tropical Meteorology

This online textbook is a comprehensive resource for Tropical Meteorology. It is intended for use by undergraduate and early graduate students in Tropical Meteorology courses, forecasters, and others interested in the impacts of tropical weather and climate.

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Tropical Mesoscale Convective Systems

A Mesoscale Convective System (MCS) is an organized group of thunderstorms that produces a contiguous precipitation area measuring 100 km or more in at least one direction. This system grows upscale from convective towers  [...

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Tropical Mesoscale and Local Circulations

Mesoscale circulations can be initiated, maintained, and/or enhanced by topographic features, land/sea boundaries and differential diurnal heating. These circulations can range from inconsequential on one end of the spectrum, while on [...]

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