Be very, very careful what you put into that head,
because you will never, ever get it out.

Thomas Cardinal Wolsey (1471-1530)
   Bad Meteorology
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This material is dedicated to teachers who wish to get it right.

By bad meteorology, I do not mean bad weather.

This page is about intellectual disasters, not weather disasters.


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Examples of Bad Meteorology:
The reason clouds form when air cools is that cold air cannot hold as much water vapor as warm air.
Wash your hands of this  emetic explanation .
Raindrops are shaped like teardrops.
Weep over this  artistic licentiousness .
The greenhouse effect is caused when gasses in the atmosphere behave as a blanket and trap radiation which is then reradiated to the earth.
Reject this explanation as nothing but  hot air .
The water in a sink (or toilet) rotates one way as it drains in the northern hemisphere and the other way in the southern hemisphere. Called the Coriolis Effect, it is caused by the rotation of the earth.
This nonsense deserves to be  flushed .

 The Bad Meteorology FAQ 

Proffering Garbage as Gems
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