Environmental Science 102
Precipitation Processes Study Guide
After the "Precipitation Processes" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.
Define the term "precipitate".
How does precipitation form?
What is the average size of raindrops?
What is the maximum size that is possible for raindrops?
Describe the Bergeron Process.
Describe the Collision-Coalescence Process.
Describe the various forms of precipitation.
What is the difference between rain and snow?
At what temperature range (Celsius) do dendrites form?
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?
What are the three types of precipitation processes?
Describe the sequence of steps that lead to the formation of orographic precipitation.
Describe the sequence of steps that lead to the formation of convectional precipitation.
In both cases, what condition must be met in order for precipitation to occur?