Cold Front and Warm Front
What is the Difference?What is a cold front and warm front? They are the two most common weather fronts you will hear about when following the weather. Find out the difference between the two.
Often when you watch the weather reports, there will be many terms that you hear. Temperature, barometric pressure (which can even cause headaches, dewpoint, etc. But one of the most basic things you should know are about weather fronts. These are an important part of weather forecasting and predicting where storms might develop, where cold air masses meet warm air masses, etc. First, lets talk about cold fronts.
As you can tell by their name, cold fronts bring cold air. Sometimes when a low pressure system forms, the cold front will be pushing the warmer air mass out of the way to bring way to the cooler air. In the summertime, the area around the cold front can become especially active as the cold and warm air masses collide. Very strong and severe storms can occur along cold fronts and tornadoes (spinning in the atmosphere is very high when the two air masses collide). It is not uncommon to see lines of storms (often called squall lines) form along the front, and travel for miles across several state and over several hours. These storms can bring damaging winds and tornadoes with them. Once the cold front passes through an area, the air is usually much drier and less humid than the warm air mass that proceeded it. You will be able to tell especially in the summertime as that is when hot and muggy weather is common. Cold front are marked as blue with triangles on weather maps.
Warm front like their name says, have warm air behind them. They are usually right ahead of the cold front. The contrast and temperatures between a city in the "warm sector" and a city where a cold front has just passed through can be drastic. I recall having 75 degree temperatures one time and then within hours after the cold front passed through, the temp had dropped to 55! Storms can also occur along warm fronts although not as often as they do along the cold fronts. Since warm air is lighter, it is unable to resist being overrun by the cold air mass behind it. Warm fronts are marked as red with half circles on weather maps.
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