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Ch 21: Clouds, Condensation & Precipitation

About This Chapter

There is far more to those fluffy shapes in the sky than you might think. Learn all about clouds from the inside out with this in-depth tour of clouds. This interesting chapter will go over cloud formation processes and the precipitation they create.

Clouds, Condensation, & Precipitation - Chapter Summary

This chapter will help you build on your atmospheric knowledge with a detailed study of clouds and precipitation. In these lessons, you can learn about the processes that lead to various types of clouds and precipitation. Each lesson will broaden your understanding of the phenomena behind the changes in our atmospheric skyscape and weather events. When you have completed the lessons in this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Differentiate between adiabatic and diabatic processes
  • Identify cloud types and describe how each is formed
  • Describe the various factors leading to condensation and cloud formation
  • Identify types of precipitation and how each is formed
  • Differentiate between factors which cause precipitation
  • Model how precipitation is formed

The engaging lessons in this chapter are presented through short informative videos, which model and describe the weather system concepts. Be sure to use the Timeline feature of the video player and the accompanying lesson transcript to review specific information. There are also quizzes associated with each topic for you to use to assess your level of mastery of the material. Have fun keeping your head in the clouds!

6 Lessons in Chapter 21: Clouds, Condensation & Precipitation
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Adiabatic vs. Diabatic Processes: Cloud Formation

1. Adiabatic vs. Diabatic Processes: Cloud Formation

Why does air cool? And how is this related to cloud formation? This lesson will explore the adiabatic and diabatic processes, which are a couple of ways the air can cool, and then relate this to cloud formation.

What is Cloud Formation? - Definition, Types & Process

2. What is Cloud Formation? - Definition, Types & Process

There are many different types of clouds that form in the sky. In this video lesson you will learn about how clouds form, as well as the different types of clouds and how they are classified.

Static Stability, Cloud Formation & The Environmental Lapse Rate

3. Static Stability, Cloud Formation & The Environmental Lapse Rate

Here, we explore how the static stability of air in the atmosphere influences the vertical movement of air's likelihood of cloud formation. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

What is Precipitation? - Definition, Types & Formation

4. What is Precipitation? - Definition, Types & Formation

Precipitation comes in many forms, but it all comes from the same general process. In this video lesson you will identify different types of precipitation, as well as how precipitation forms in the atmosphere from condensation.

Causes of Precipitation: Convection, Orographic Uplift & Frontal Uplift

5. Causes of Precipitation: Convection, Orographic Uplift & Frontal Uplift

Discover what precipitation is and learn about what causes it. Understand and visualize how air masses are affected by changes in temperature and topographical features to produce precipitation.

Precipitation Forming Processes

6. Precipitation Forming Processes

In this lesson, you will learn how water molecules turn into precipitation. Also, you will discover how varying conditions can lead to different types of precipitation.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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