Cyclones and Associated Warm Front
leading edge of warmer air mass

Below is a simple model of a cyclone with a cold front extending to the south from the center of low pressure and a warm front extending to the east ahead of the storm.

At low levels, several air masses of distinctly different origin may be found in varying parts of the cyclone. The warm front marks the leading edge of warm moist air being pulled northward by southerly winds ahead (east) of the low.

Clouds and precipitation usually develop along and ahead of the warm front as warm moist air rides up and over the colder air ahead of it.

higher dew points
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Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.