Climate Classification

Here are links to some sites that have useful information about the Köppen clasification of climate zones.

Climate Classification
Chapter 7, section v of Fundamentals of Physical Geography, an online geography textbook compiled by Michael Pidwirny of the University of British Columbia Okanangan.
World Climates
Part of Blue Planet Biomes, a site apparently created by and for sixth-graders.  It is a readable and complete, though brief, list and description of Köppen climate classes.  This particular page cites Strahler and Strahler’s textbook Understanding Physical Geography (Wiley, 1984).
Köppen Climate Classification from Wikipedia
Wikipedia’s article on the Köppen climate classification scheme.  It contains more classes and sub-classes than you may ever hope to sift through, and the descriptions are not very detailed, but there is a lot here.
Climate Zones from Jetstream, the National Weather Service's online school for weather
Describes the main broad climate types (A, B, C, D, E, H) in the United States.  Links to a “further subdivisions” page with the full list of Köppen types and a world map with climate types labeled.
Quiz yourself! 
Here is an online quiz applet that will test your knowledge of the world climate zones.  It “calls out” a climate zone classification and asks you to select the zone on a color-coded world map.  Accompanies Ackerman and Knox’s textbook Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere.  (The last time I checked with Chrome browser, the page opened but the quiz did not run.)

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