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Depressions

By: Sean McBean


Jevaughn Henry
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What is a Depression?
A depression is a low pressure system
characterized by rain and unstable
weather.

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A Depression

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Depression over United Kingdom

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Development of System
Stage 1: Embryo Depression
Starts as a 'wave' on the Polar front, where moist, warm
tropical air meets drier, colder more stable polar air. The
warm, moist air is forced aloft, by the colder denser air,
creating low pressure.

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Embryo Depression

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Stage 2: Mature Depression


Pressure falls further and the distinctive cold and warm
sector and warm front are clearly recognizable. Winds
become stronger, clouds develop, and precipitation
occurs. Rainfall is steady at the warm front where warm
air rises slowly over cold air. It is heaviest at the cold
front due to the rapid rising of the air.

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Mature Depression

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Stage 3: Decay Depress1ion


The faster moving cold front has caught up with the
warm front reducing the warm sector and creating an
occluded front. Condensation is reduced as smaller
amounts of air are forced aloft.

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Decay Depression

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Weather Associated with Depression

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Weather Conditions

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Tropical Depressions
First the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) shifts toward
the north around the middle of May. This creates favorable
conditions for the formation of tropical cyclones. Within the ITCZ,
a series of low-pressure ripples begins to move from east to
west. These are known as tropical waves. These waves contain
a northeast wind shift and interact with what is known as a deep
layer easterly flow, creating a convergence. This results in a low
pressure system. As a backlash of the convergence, a
divergence occurs just ahead of the convergence, causing
northeasterly winds at gusts of up to 25 miles per hour.
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Contd
Eventually the waves encounter warmer waters. Due to
the falling surface pressures, rainfall increases. The
forward motion of the waves closes off on the northern
side, taking on a southwestern wind, and a tropical
depression is formed.

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Tropical Depression in Atlantic Ocean


2012

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Bibliography
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=227
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http://www.ehow.com/way_5647777_steps-formationtropical-depression.html#ixzz2jcIoRkpG
http://www.metlink.org/weather-climate-resourcesteenagers/a-levelweather/anticyclonesdepressionsfront.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/we
ather_climate/weather_systems_rev3.shtml
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hurricanes/archives/
2012/h2012_Joyce.html
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Contd
Waugh, D. 2009. Geography: An
Integrated Approach. United Kingdom.
Nelson Thornes Ltd.

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