Water's high heat capacity combined with the
southward direction of the California current
causes the California climate to be dry in the
summer, since little water evaporates off of
the cold eastern Pacific ocean, and when brought
over land the air warms up and the water does not
The wind patterns themselves, however, are
largely due to the fact that the Earth is
rotating, not the heat capacity of water.
Click Here to return to the search form.