Deland, Raymond J. Formerly, Department of Meteorology and Oceanography, New York University, New York, New York.
Kessler, Edwin Formerly, National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, Oklahoma.
Last reviewed:November 2019
- Causes of variation
- Temperature near the surface
- Vertical variation
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The temperature of the atmosphere represents the average kinetic energy of the molecular motion in a small region, defined in terms of a standard or calibrated thermometer in thermal equilibrium with the air. See also: Temperature
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