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Re: For 1000 ft in elevation how much does the temperature change?

Date: Sun Dec 9 20:48:05 2001
Posted By: Denni Windrim, Director of Education, Sylvan Learning Centre
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 1007210760.Es

As you get to higher and higher places on the Earth, the temperature drops 
at a predictable rate. This change of temperature with height is called the 
lapse rate, and equals 1.05 degrees C per 100 metres. From there, it's just 
basic math. 1000 ft = 304.8 metres, which means means a temperature drop of 
3.2 degrees C or 5.8 degrees F per 1000 ft. 

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