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Characteristics of air masses over the British Isles.

J. E. Belasco

Characteristics of air masses over the British Isles.

by J. E. Belasco

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Published by H.M.S.O. in London .
Written in English


Edition Notes

SeriesGeophysical memoirs -- no.87(vol. 11, no. 2)
ContributionsGreat Britain. Meteorological Office.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL13893140M

  An interactive introduction to air masses and weather fronts. This unit describes and explains: How the weather over the British Isles varies according to air masses and pressure systems How a mid-latitude depression and weather fronts are formed The characteristics of a depression The contrasting weather associated with a depression and its associated fronts5/5(1). British Isles, group of islands off the northwestern coast of Europe. The group consists of two main islands, Great Britain and Ireland, and numerous smaller islands and island groups, including the Hebrides, the Shetland Islands, the Orkney Islands, the Isles of Scilly, and the Isle of Man.

Because of the North Atlantic Drift and predominantly maritime air masses that reach the British Isles from the west, the range in temperature throughout the year is never very great. The annual mean temperature in England and Wales is about 10oC, in Scotland and Northern Ireland about 9oC. The British Isles are a group of islands off the northwest coast of continental Europe that include the islands of Great Britain and Ireland and over six thousand smaller islands. There are two sovereign states located on the islands: the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the United Kingdom) and Ireland (also described as the Republic of Ireland).Author: A'keiba Burrell.

The observations were obtained at (, 3) and the measurements were intended to provide insight into the changes in aerosol concentrations and characteristics of the size spectra as the maritime air mass passed over the British by: Air masses greatly affect the conditions experienced in the British Isles and hence. its clime. An air mass is a organic structure of air with unvarying degrees of temperature. humidness and force per unit area acquired from prolonged contact in its beginning part.


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Characteristics of air masses over the British Isles by J. E. Belasco Download PDF EPUB FB2

The four main air masses that affect the British Isles are: Tropical maritime (warm and moist air) Air moves from the warm south Atlantic ocean and moves over the south west of the British Isles. CHARACTERISTICS OF AIR MASSES OVER THE BRITISH ISLES PART I—INTRODUCTORY § 1—GENERAL AND SUMMARY In a contribution was made to the climatology of the British Isles in winter by a classification of average temperature at the surface and in the upper air in terms of the source and life history of the air1*.

This air mass has its origins over northern Canada and Greenland and reaches the British Isles on a north-westerly air stream. Polar maritime is the most common air mass to affect the British Isles.

It is normally the air mass found behind a cold front what has come in off the Atlantic Size: 2MB. These five air masses are the Polar Maritime, Polar Continental, Arctic Maritime, Tropical Maritime and Tropic Continental.

The Polar Maritime is one of the most common air masses over the British Isles and is what causes the cool conditions throughout the year in most of Britain. The air masses prevalent for the British Isles are: Arctic Air (A): Continental arctic (cA): Extremely cold temperatures and very little moisture.

Originating over the Arctic ocean in winter, when high pressure dominates and differs only slightly from the continental polar (cP) air masses that develop over Siberia and northern Canada. Maritime arctic (mA): From the same source region, but less dry and.

The British Isles experiences varied weather, which is brought about by winds which drive air masses from their source region. At their source they have certain characteristics, e.g. wet or dry, hot or cold. On their journey (path) air masses are modified. When these air masses reach British Isles they influence local weather conditions.

Fair-weather cumulus are the typical clouds when cA and cP air are observed over the British Isles. Over the Mediterranean,  cA  and  cP  air  soon  become  unstable and  give  rise  to  cumulus  and   cumulonimbus   clouds with showers.

The most dominant air masses influencing the British Isles is the Polar Maritime followed in second by the Returning Polar Maritime.

The British Isles are quite unique in their location as they stand on the Polar Front. The Polar Front is the line of latititude that marks the path of the Polar Jet Sream. It is along the Polar Front that different air masses collide and the result is a complex and variable climate.

the climate of the british isles and Nordic nations is milder than other countries of similar latitudes because of the warm currents of the north alantic drift Subjects. Each air mass has typical characteristics of temperature, humidity and stability according to the source area and the track taken by the air on its approach to the British Isles.

Table 1 shows the main characteristics of air masses that reach these islands. Those that are warmed on their route from cold source areas tend to become unstable because the warming is from below; this is why polar maritime Cited by: On a map of the British Isles use figure and the text about wind to annotate your map with information about wind in Britain.

Influencing air masses in the British Isles The UK weather continually changes because of the different weather systems brought by different air masses. Maritime polar air massescool, moist, unstabledominate marine west coast climatesUnusually mild for their latitudeExtend along the coastal margins of the Aleutian Islands in the North Pacific, cover the southern third of Iceland in the North Atlantic and coastal Scandinavia, and dominate the British Isles.

Air masses. An air mass is a large volume of air which travels from one area to another. The weather an air mass brings is determined by the region it has come from and the type of surface it has moved over. There are five main air masses which affect the UK as detailed by the map below. Title: Belasco, J.

-E.- Characteristics of Air Masses over the British Isles Authors: Vandenplas, A. Journal: Ciel et Terre, Vol. 68, p. Bibliographic Code: C&TV. Complete bibliographic record Other article options Print this article; Previous article page Print this page.

• Polar maritime air is the most common type of air mass affecting the British Isles. The air has its source in the Canadian Arctic or the Greenland area. It reaches the British Isles from the west or north-west after having swung around the western side of a depression.

As the cold air travels over the relatively warm sea, it is warmed from. how the weather over the British Isles varies according to air masses and pressure systems; how a mid-latitude depression and weather fronts are formed; the characteristics of a depression; the contrasting weather associated with a depression and its associated fronts.

When an air mass moves towards the British Isles, its characteristics will be modified. If it moves from a colder area, it will warm up at its base and become unstable, rising and causing precipitation.

Polar continental air affects the British Isles when pressure is high over Scandinavia with surface winds from an easterly point. The weather characteristics of this air mass depend on the length of the sea track during its passage from Europe to the British Isles: this air is inherently very cold and dry and if it.

The British Isles are a group of islands in the North Atlantic off the north-western coast of continental Europe, consisting of the islands of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Hebrides and over six thousand smaller isles. They have a total area of aboutkm 2 (, sq mi) and a combined population of almost 72 million, and include two sovereign states, the Republic of Location: North-western Europe.

What are the air masses that affect the UK. The UK is at the meeting point of several different types of weather from different directions. There are 5 main air masses that affect the UK. These are polar continental, arctic maritime, polar maritime, tropical maritime and tropical continental.

Each brings unique weather to the UK. British Isles is the variety of the air masses that affect it. Our location in the mid-latitudes on the west coast of Europe leads to our cool temperate western margin climate.

Five air masses dominate our climate (Figure 1). Low pressure systems tend to come from the west, over the ocean, moving quickly and bringing changeable weather. Those fromFile Size: KB.Air masses affecting the British Isles A card sort or interactive activity, asking students to identify the sources, characteristics and weather associated with the five air masses that affect the British Isles.2/5.The Oxford Literary Guide to the British Isles book.

Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. Informative and entertaining, this guide is 3/5(3).