Solar Radiation

  • Solar radiation is the amount of light the Earth is receiving from the sun at any given time.
  • We can measure solar radiation in Watts per square meter. The Solar radiation at a nearby WeatherSTEM unit in a nearby county right now is W/m2.
  • Ultraviolet is a type of EM radiation that travels to Earth from the Sun. This type of light can be harmful to humans.
  • Below is a graph of the daily maximum solar radiation and UV radiation from the past week. Think about what factors might have affected the solar radiation during this time period? What patterns do you see?