Precipitation and the Sounding Diagram

John Nielsen-Gammon, John Fulton, John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas A&M University, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Sandia National Laboratories, Texas A&M University, Department of Atmospheric Sciences

This undergraduate meteorology tutorial deals with the interplay between the vertical temperature structure of the atmosphere and the temperature of the ascending air in the formation of precipitation. Students learn about the dry and moist adiabatic lapse rates, reading and interpreting sounding diagrams, and determining the change in temperature as air parcels rise or sink.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric ScienceKeywords: dew point, chinook wind, cloud base