ATMO Notes Ch. 6

ATMO Notes Ch. 6 - Cloud Development & Forms Chapter 6...

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Chapter 6 Review 1. Clouds predominately form when moist air rises (adiabatic cooling). 2. Clouds form when water vapor condenses onto condensation nuclei. 3. Latent heat of condensation released 4. Clouds are composed of tiny liquid water drops and/or ice crystals. Three ingredients for clouds: 1. 2. Rising air -- sufficient cooling to attain saturation 3. Atmospheric Stability Define: A condition of the atmosphere that affects the strength of __________________. Atmospheric stability can be thought of as the resistance the atmosphere has to vertical motion. When we speak of vertical motion it can refer to either rising or sinking air. Since we have stressed rising air that leads to cloud formation, think of atmospheric stability as a condition of the atmosphere that either promotes or hinders upward motion. When talking about atmospheric stability we generally refer to the atmosphere as being either __________________ or __________________. An __________________ atmosphere will favor rapidly rising air currents.
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