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Seasonal changes in the strength of solar radiation affect the surface of the land more than the ocean.  In summer, intense solar heating of the land causes the inland circulation of moist air from the ocean.  In winter, weak solar radiation allows the land to cool off and creates a seaward circulation of cold, dry air. (Modified from W.F. Ruddiman's "Earth's Climate")

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Last updated: July 29, 2009



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