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How does water's heat capacity contribute to wind patterns in California?
Question Date: 2018-03-07
Answer 1:

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 rain out.

The wind patterns themselves, however, are largely due to the fact that the Earth is rotating, not the heat capacity of water.



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