|The 16-inch Frank Lloyd Wright World Globe by Replogle|
Equator experience temperate weather. Countries like the United States, most of Europe and China have the usual four seasonal changes.
Climate is also impacted by wind, ocean, mountains and other topographical features. Winds carry moisture over the land. North and South of the Equator, trade winds blow northeast and south east respectively, the convergence of these winds in the tropics forces air to rise and produces weather disturbances. Approximately 30° from the Equator, there is little wind and therefore very little moisture blows this far inland from the ocean. At this latitude you will find many of the world's largest deserts, portions of Mexico, the Sahara, the Kalahari and other arid regions lie among similar coordinates.
|US Map of Köppen's list|
Weather patterns are a fascinating thing to observe. The changes in temperature and precipitation are aspects of life that impact everyone of us. Get a globe or map and learn more about the weather patterns and coordinates in which we experience our daily life.
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