Latitude affects climate by influencing the intensity of the sun in a region. The angle and duration of the sun's energy determine surface temperature so that higher latitudes receive less heat, but lower latitudes close... More »

Latitude measures how close a place is to the equator; because the equator receives the most sun and has the highest temperatures, a places’ latitude can indicate the climate. The further a location on earth is from the ... More »

Lakes, oceans, ponds, streams and other large bodies of water create mild, temperate climates by cooling surrounding air in the summer and retaining warm air during the winter. In general, larger bodies of water produce ... More »

Latitude measures how close a place is to the equator; because the equator receives the most sun and has the highest temperatures, a places’ latitude can indicate the climate. The further a location on earth is from the ... More »

Although there is no specific definition for high latitude climate, these environments typically exist above 60 degrees of latitude. This type of climate is called arctic in the Northern Hemisphere, Antarctic in the Sout... More »

Altitude affects climate in that the higher up you get, the more the temperature drops. The temperature goes down roughly 4 degrees Fahrenheit for every 1,000 feet you climb. Altitude is the subject's distance from the s... More »

The main factors that affect global circulation of air are the rotation of the Earth and the heat from the sun. There are three cells of air circulation in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. These three cells wo... More »