Series: Shedding Light on the Sun and Earth
"Land and Ocean" examines who the world's land masses and oceans affect global climate patterns. We look at why the air gets colder and colder the higher you go, why coastal regions don't heat up or cool down as much as inland regions, why winters are colder in the northern hemisphere, and a whole lot more Show Less
In "Long Hot Summer Days" we explain why summer days are long and winter days are short, and how the length of daytime contributes to seasonal variations in temperature.
In the first episode of this series, we briefly look at how the changing seasons affect life on our precious Earth and then examine what causes seasons, the turning of the days, and the three main climate zones.
In this episode, we describe how tropical cyclones form and examine their huge power. We explain what the Coriolis effect is and how it make tropical cyclones rotate the way that they do. We also travel to three continents to demonstrate how Coriolis effect affects water draining from a small container. Does water really swirl in a different direction depending on which hemisphere it is in? Show Less