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Heat and moisture in the atmosphere

Weather is about energy. Heating from the Sun is the fundamental energy input into the atmosphere and this provides the impetus for the creation of air motion. This energy combines with the plentiful moisture in the Earth’s atmosphere to create weather systems. Understanding the behaviour and distribution of heat and moisture in the atmosphere is the key to understanding weather systems and can be achieved by coupling ground-based and space-based (satellite) observations.