Discussion Questions for December 7, 2011

Group Leaders: Denise (Malori; Lexee; Matt); Chris (Andrew; Vanessa; Yuan)

1. Examine the precipitation maps for July and January given on the class website. Using the charts grouped below those maps (not necessarily all of them), explain why coastal California receives little to no precipitation the summer and heavy precipitation in the winter.

2. Examine the "normal" pressure height maps for July and January. Using the charts grouped below those maps (not necessarily all of them), explain why an anticyclone is found over the southwestern portions of North America into Mexico during July, but not in January.