3. Weather and Climate

Weather and climate are controlled by heat that passes between the air and the ocean. 

Weather and climate are controlled by the heat that is passed between the air (atmosphere), and the ocean. By absorbing heat, the ocean helps to keep the weather balanced around the world. If the ocean has no more room to absorb heat, then the weather gets more and more energy. 

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

Severe weather can always happen. These big storms, hurricanes and tornados get extra energy from water water. But, since the ocean is getting warmer, there is more energy going to these storms. This makes these storms more and more dangerous. 

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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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