PPL » Meteorology » Precipitation
- When water in it’s liquid or solid form gets to a point it can no longer be supported by the atmosphere and falls to earth it becomes precipitation.
- This includes rain, drizzle, snow and sleet.
- Precipitation only involves droplets that contact the ground.
- Water droplets that evaporate before they hit the called are known as virga.
8.24.4 Describe the following types of precipitation:
Liquid water droplets of large size, falling with uniform intensity from all levels of stratiform cloud.
Generally confined to low level cloud consisting of fine, droplets close together.
Branch or star shaped ice crystals.
Combination of snow and rain.
Ball-like pieces of ice associated with developed cumulonimbus clouds. Consist of layered ice of both rime and clear variety.