3. Weather and Climate

Weather and climate are controlled by the heat that is passed between the atmosphere, the air, and the ocean. By absorbing heat, the ocean helps to keep the weather balanced around the world.

Take a look outside. What type of climate do you live in? What does the weather look like today? Create your own weather with the Create a Cloud Experiment

Even though the ocean does a great job of moderating the climate around the world, it can still cause severe weather in the right conditions. Warm water gives major storms like hurricanes and tornados a lot of energy. Over the past few years, the ocean has been getting warmer due to human pollution. Because of this, the chance of severe storms is getting higher. Plus the storms are getting stronger.

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To learn more about severe weather and how to be prepared, go to our Severe Weather Preparedness Assignment.

The health of the ocean, and it's exchange of heat with the atmosphere, is what drives both the weather and climate around the world. Now that you understand how the ocean impacts climate and the weather, you are ready for the section quiz. Take the quiz HERE. Once you have completed the quiz you may move on to the next section Ocean Made Earth Habitable


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