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transfer of water from the atmosphere back to earth

[Image: Precipitation Animation (55K)]
Animation by: Bramer

Precipitation is the primary mechanism for transporting water from the atmosphere to the surface of the earth. There are several forms of precipitation, the most common of which for the United States is rain. Other forms of precipitation include; hail, snow, sleet, and freezing rain. A well developed extra-tropical cyclone could be responsible for the generation of any or all of these forms of precipitation.

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