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Clouds and Precipitation
online meteorology guide
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A cloud is a visible aggregate of tiny water droplets and/or ice crystals
suspended in the atmosphere and can
exist in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some clouds are accompanied by
precipitation; rain, snow, hail, sleet, even freezing rain.
The purpose of this module is to introduce a number of cloud classifications,
different types of precipitation, and the mechanisms responsible for
The Clouds and Precipitation
module has been organized into the
Last Update: 07/21/97
The importance of rising motion and the mechanisms
responsible for lifting the air.
High, middle and low-level
clouds, vertically developed clouds, plus some less common cloud types.
Rain, snow, hail, sleet and freezing rain.
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