Atmospheric Stability and Cloud Formation. RECAP. Mechanical equilibrium : stable, unstable, neutral. Adiabatic expansion/compression : no heat exchange. Adiabatic lapse rate Dry adiabatic lapse rate ~ 10 K/km Moist adiabatic lapse rate ~ 6 K/km Remember: Dry > Moist always
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Adiabatic lapse rate
The ground is warm
The ground is cool
The surface air temperature is 35 C and the dew point is 25 C