Clouds. 3.5.7.C Describe the Basic Elements of Meteorology. UNDERSTANDING CLOUDS.
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3.5.7.C Describe the Basic Elements of Meteorology
Clouds are usually the most obvious feature of the sky. They reflect weather patterns and play a role in what the weather does. They are sources of precipitation as well as affect the temperatures of our atmosphere. Clouds block incoming sunlight during the day, which cools the air, but they can also block outgoing radiation from the Earth, which can warm temperatures.
Clouds are water, either small liquid water drops or tiny pieces of ice.
Meteorologists rank clouds according to their height and whether they are puffy or flat.
Clouds form when the air rises and evaporation and transpiration occurs.
As temperatures and air pressure drop, water droplets clump together causing condensation or a cloud.
When the droplets are too heavy to float in the air they fall to the ground in the form of rain or snow called, precipitation.
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