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maxs science

barometer an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure
rain gauge an instrument for measuring rainfall
anemometer any instrument for measuring the speed of wind
thermometer an instrument for measuring temperature, often a sealed glass tube that contains a column liquid, as mercury.
elevation the height to which something is elevated or to which it rises
evaporation to convert or change into a vapor
condensation the act of condensing; the state of being condensed
precipitation the act of precipitating; the state of being precipitated.
transpiration the act or process of transpiring especially through the stomata of plant tissue or the pores of the skin.
stratus clouds low clouds that stretch over large portions of the sky creating overcast condidtions.
cirrus lacy or wispy clouds that form at high altitudes generally before a change in the weather
cumulus clouds large, white, puffy clouds that generally appear during fair weather, although they also form thunderheads on hot days.
high pressure having or involving a pressure above normal.
low pressure having or involving a pressure lower than normal.
rain shadow effect moist air masses rise to the top of a large mountain, the air cools and the temperature decreases until it reaches its dew point, the point at which it condenses as rain, and then falls either on the windward side or atop the mountain.
Sea Breeze A thermally produced wind blowing from a cool ocean surface onto adjoining warm land
Land Breeze A coastal breeze blowing at night from land to sea, caused by the differnce in the rate of cooling of their respective surfaces.
Prevailing Winds A wind that blows predominantly from a single general direction. The trade winds of the tropics wihcih blow from the east throughout the year are prevailing winds.
Atmosphere The blanket of gas on the surface of a planet or satellite.
Cold Having a relatively low temperature; having little or no warmth.
Wind Air in natural motion, as that moving horizontally at any veloicty along the earth's surface.
Water cycle The natural sequence through which water passes into the atmosphere as water vapor, precipitates to earth in liquid or solid form, and ultimately returns to the atmosphere through evaporation.
Meteorologist The one who studies the science of dealing with the atmosphere and its phenomena, including weather and climate
Convection current The transfer of heat by the mass movement of heated particles into an area of cooler fluid.
Pressure The exertion of force upon a surface by an object, fluid, etc., in contact with.
Warm Front A front along which an advacing mass of warm air rises over a mass of cold air.
Created by: leahcwatson