First Midterm Exam
Due Thursday March 1st
Answer all questions. If you don’t know an answer, put down what you do know. This is a take-home exam. You may research answers. You may discuss them with the instructor. You may not confer with other students. Email your exam to the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org when complete, or hand in a hard copy. Do not submit through Canvas.
Part 1: Questions 1-5 (10% each)
- Explain the role of the polar jet stream in Maine's winter climate.
- What drives the Gulf Stream? Explain.
- What is earth's energy budget? What would happen if some climate phenomena added a watt/meter square of additional energy on the output side while leaving the input side the same?
- Explain how a greenhouse works. Relate this to the climate "greenhouse effect."
- Explain how a climate anomaly is calculated.
Part 2: 50%
Access climate data using one of the web sites shown in class or use this data set here. Explore the data using a data analysis package such as Excel, .jmp or Smith’s Statistical Package. Develop a hypothesis relating to the data that can be tested using the package. Perform an inferential statistical analysis to test the hypothesis. Report the results, including the exploratory statistics. Discuss