Surface and Air Temperatures Throughout the Day
Students will analyze a line graph that shows how the surface temperature and air temperature values change over the course of 24 hours.
In this diagram, surface temperature refers to the temperature of the ground. Air temperature refers to the temperature of the air about two meters above the ground.
- Review the line graph of surface temperature and air temperature throughout the day and answer the questions below. Check with your instructor on how to submit your answers.
- Describe what the dashed and solid lines represent in the line graph of surface temperature and air temperature throughout the day.
- Describe the X Axis and what it represents.
- Describe the Y Axis and what it represents.
- Analyze the line graphs and answer the following questions.
- What do you see? Identify any trends and differences you see in the graph. Pay special attention to the trends in surface and air temperature at each time of day as well as the difference in surface temperature between the day and night.
- Describe the differences between city and rural areas.
- Explain why these differences might occur.
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