Atmospheric Obstructions Affect Temperature
In earlier chapters we have discussed the many particulates that exist in our atmosphere. Tiny particles of dust, water vapor, pollen, animal hair, and microscopic life absorb, scatter, and alter the Sun’s energy before it can reach the Earth’s surface. Increasing the levels of these particulates blocks more of the Sun’s energy from reaching the surface, causing a decrease in temperature. One way that particulates are increased is via cloud cover. The clouds block the heat and light from the Sun, making for a cooler day.