The Physics of Weather

Jack Singal

Weather and climate are complex systems, which rely on input from physics, chemistry, geosciences, and biology to fully model. Nevertheless, climate and weather do rely fundamentally on basic physics concepts such as heat, temperature, pressure, electromagnetic radiation, statistical mechanics of molecules, energy, gravity, and the motion of the Earth and its air and water.

Physics professor Jack Singal can speak to these essential physics aspects of the weather and climate.

“Meteorology is an excellent example of an interdisciplinary science in which physics plays a critical role,” said Singal. “Basic physics can explain many climate and weather phenomena, from the causes of the seasons and continent-wide climate patterns to storms, droughts, and ice ages.”

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