Condesation and Precipitation Study Guide
After the "Condesation and Precipitation" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.
What are clouds?
What are the two necessary conditions for clouds to form?
What is the difference between hygroscopic and hydrophobic nuclei?
What are the three basic forms of clouds?
What are the classes of cloud heights?
What are the three types of high clouds?
What are the two types of middle clouds?
What are the three types of low clouds?
What are the various types of vertical development clouds?
What is the term commonly applied to cumulonimbus clouds?
What other features are commonly associated with cumulonimbus clouds?
What is fog?
What is the significance of fog forming at ground level?
Describe the characteristics of the three types of fog that form from cooling.
Describe the characteristics of the two types of fog that form from evaporation.
Describe the formation of dew and hoar frost.
How does precipitation form?
What is the average size of raindrops?
What is the maximum size that is possible for raindrops?
what condition must be met in order for precipitation to occur?
Describe the Bergeron Process.
Describe the Collision-Coalescence Process.
Describe the various forms of precipitation.
What is the difference between rain and snow?
If you step outside and see dendrites falling, what does this tell you?
How is precipitation measured?
What is the device used to measure precipitation?
How is snowfall officially measured and how is it measure for reporting to the public?
Describe some of the problems with measuring precipitation that can lead to errors in the measurement.