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Vocabulary to assist with weather unit

meteorologist a person who studies weather
weather the daily condition of the atmosphere
precipitation cloud droplets that grow and soon fall as rain, snow, sleet, hail
rain liquid precipitation
sleet precipitation that starts as snow, melts slightly and then refreezes as it falls/ It looks like little ice pellets. It freezes on the way down
snow precipitation in which ice crystallizes into snowflakes that stay frozen on the way to the ground
hail precipitation that begins as ice (ice pellets). When the ice becomes too heavy, it falls in the form of hailstones (can be as big as a softball)
temperature hot, cold, cool, or warm
cloud a mass of tiny water droplets that are too small to fall from the sky
air mass large areas of air with nearly the same temperature and moisture
air pressure the force with which air presses against surfaces
high pressure heavy air pockets, air is moving downward, good weather and clear skies
low pressure light air pockets, air is moving upward, creates bad weather
front large pockets of air (warm or cold) that smash into each other
warm front air that has moved across warm land or warm water. The warm air smashes into cold air. It brings long steady rain and warmer temperatures
cold front light air pockets, air is moving upward, creates bad weather
barometer an instrument used to measure air pressure
anemometer an instrument used to measure wind speed
wind vane (weather vane) a device that shows the direction of wind
rain gauge an instrument used to measure amounts of precipitation (rainfall)
thermometer an instrument used to measure temperature of the air (hot /cold)
thunderstorm produced by heating of the earth surface producing large amounts of quickly rising water vapor. There is usually thunder, lightning, rainfall, and sometimes wind
hurricane formed when a group of thunderstorms gather in a circular pattern. It forms over tropical waters. When winds reach 75 mph, the event is classified as a hurricane. Usually high winds and lots of rain. Can cause lots of destruction
tornado Small and very violent twisting storm/ created by thunderstorms, rapid spinning columns of air (funnel clouds) with high winds that starts over land. Can cause destruction.
Created by: sewatzie