Why is it coldest right after sunrise?

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Why is it coldest right after sunrise?
11Alive, January 9, 2019

It makes sense that after sunrise the sun would warm you, and yet cold temperatures continue as the sun rays begin to hit us. Greg Huey, Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences explains that clouds trap heat, and that the lack of clouds after sunrise are a big factor. “The less clouds and water vapor in the air, the more radiation is lost to space which enhances cooling," he says.

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