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Temperature at different altitudes

  1. Sep 8, 2011 #1
    During sunny days we prefer going to hill stations. But even during the morning, the hill stations are cool. But they must be hot as they are closer to the sun than the land at sea level. Why is that so?
     
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  3. Sep 8, 2011 #2

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    The distance from the Earth to the Sun on average is about 150 MILLION kilometers. The few hundred to few thousand feet closer that a hill might get you is miniscule. The effect of the atmosphere is drastically larger than that of the distance. Because you are higher in altitude, the air is less dense and is generally colder than it is near sea level.
     
  4. Sep 10, 2011 #3
    About eighty-five percent of the atmosphere's heat comes from the surface of the Earth. Only about fifteen percent comes from the Sun. Therefore, the closer you are to the mean elevation of the surface of the Earth, the warmer you will be.
     
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