Studying the Weather

On this page you can use your understanding of weather factors to solve a geo-investigation. You'll have to use all of the resources available to you on this page to figure out what the answer is. Use the diary entries and the synoptic charts to explain what happened to Mr M on his camping trip.

Watch these clips to further understand depressions or click on this link to view an interactive weather map.


How describe and explain a Depression:

This kind of question really isn't that difficult and if you stick to the most common points then you'll do just fine.

Warm Front Warm Sector Cold Front
temperature rises as warm air mass drags Tropical air behind it in the warm sector. sunny intervals with broken cloud falling temperatures as Polar air mass dragged in
Light rainfall as there is less cloud.   heavy rain as there is more cloud
bands of cirrus, stratus and cumulus clouds bring bands of showers   cumulo nimbus clouds form creating hail and storms
wider isobars mean lighter winds   tighter isobars mean heavier winds
Direction of isobars indicate wind direction. Remember depressions spin anticlockwise and to always refer to where the wind comes from.