WONDER #2706: Why Is It Colder on Clear Nights Than on Cloudy Nights?

Question 1 of 3

The relationship between clouds and climate is called ___________________.

  1. symbiotic
  2. climate change
  3. cloud-climate feedback
  4. weather feedback

Question 2 of 3

NASA estimates that without clouds, the Earth would absorb about _____ percent more heat.

  1. 10
  2. 20
  3. 50
  4. 100

Question 3 of 3

Why is it colder on clear nights than on cloudy nights?

  1. It’s less likely to rain, driving the temperature down.
  2. On clear nights, there are no clouds to help trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere.
  3. Cold from the Moon is better able to balance the daytime heat from the Sun.
  4. It is not colder on clear nights than on cloudy nights.

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