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Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences (ATOC-210) Assignment # 4, due date March 12, 2009 1) Where would be the safest place to build an airport in a moutaineaus region? Why? 2) Suppose that the surface air on the windward side of a mountain rises and then descends on the leeward side. Recall that the dewpoint temperature is a measure of the amount of water vapour in air. Explain why the relative humidity of the descending air drops as the dewpoint temperature of the descending air increases.
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Unformatted text preview: 3) When cirrus clouds are above a deck of altocumulus clouds, occasionally a clear area or "hole" will appear in the altocumulus cloud layer. What do you suppose this happens? 4) When falling snowflakes become mixed with sleet, why is this condition often followed by the snowflakes changing into rain? 5) Clouds that form over water are usually more efficient in producing precipitation than clouds that form over land. Why?...
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course ATOC 210 taught by Professor Ariya during the Winter '09 term at McGill.

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