Today’s is the final episode of Weather Break. All this week, we’ve been talking about how weather features end, but that brings up a really interesting question– why doesn’t weather itself ever end? After all, the atmosphere is under the influence of friction, which always acts to slow motions down, so why doesn’t the atmosphere eventually just come to a rest, with no more winds or storms or anything like that? That’s actually a fascinating question to leads to an explanation of how the atmosphere fundamentally works as a heat engine, pumping excess heat from the tropical towards the very cold poles. As long as the sun is shining and keeping the tropics warmer than the rest of the world, the atmosphere will keep working to spread that heat out more evenly around the planet, as we discuss on today’s final episode of Weather Break.
On behalf of everyone here in the Creighton University Department of Atmospheric Sciences, I’d like to thank everyone who helped make Weather Break a success for nearly four years and over 800 episodes. Over the years, we’ve gotten assistance from many students — both in and out of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. We’ve had support from our friends at DoIT (Creighton’s Division of Instructional Technology) and from the many people who were gracious enough to be guests on the program. We are grateful for the financial support of the NASA Nebraska Space Grant, which helped make the program possible. Most of all, we couldn’t have done this program without the generosity of our friends at KINI and KBRB, who made air time available to us so that we could share our enthusiasm for everything about the atmosphere. Thank you to all of you, and we’re already thinking about ways that we can continue bringing news and information about weather, climate and the environment to you in the future!