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Phlerndip posted a topic in Meteorology 101It is my understanding that Rays from the sun heat the surface of the Earth through radiation. The ground then heats the air through convection and conduction. Knowing this, How come in in the morning, around 10am, the air temperature can be higher than the ground temperature. This morning in Western NY, The surface temperature maps said the surface was 64 degrees, while the air temperature was 72 degrees. Can someone who knows more than me please explain why this happens? Thank you