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These web pages trace the processes involved in the sun's impact on weather. This is an exploration of the importance of radiation and reflection of light, both visible and infra-red, and the greenhouse effect. Convection and the role of water vapor are also considered. Global-scale air flows are described, explaining why wind in the continental US usually blows from the west, while near the equator it comes from the east.
%0 Electronic Source %A Stern, David %T Sunlight and the Earth - Climate and Weather %V 2023 %N 5 December 2023 %9 text/html %U http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Sun1lite.htm
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