Learning Lesson: Drawing Conclusions - Dewpoint Temperature Map


Dewpoint temperature map

This map shows the dewpoint temperature for various locations over the conterminous U.S. The values are in °F. Recall, dewpoint is the temperature to which, if the air cooled to this value, then the air would be completely saturated.

Objective
Using a green colored pencil, lightly draw lines connecting equal values of dewpoint temperatures, every 10°F. Remember, like isobars, these lines (called isodrosotherms) are smooth and do not cross each other.

Procedure
You will draw lines connecting the dewpoint temperatures, much like you did with the air temperature map. However, you will also need to interpolate between values. Interpolation involves estimating values between stations which will enable you to properly analyze a map. Label the values. Your map should look like this.

Analysis
Isodrosotherms are used to identify surface moisture. The closer the temperature and dewpoint are together, the greater the moisture in the atmosphere. As the moisture increases so does the chance of rain. Also, since moist air is lighter than dry air, the greater the moisture, the easier for the moist air to lift into the atmosphere resulting in a better chance for thunderstorms. Typically, dewpoint 70°F or greater have the potential energy needed to produce severe weather.

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