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State of the Atmosphere

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Temperature
A measurement of how rapidly or slowly molecules are moving around
Heat
The transfer of energy that occurs due to a difference in temperature between substances
Dew Point
The temperature to which air must be cooled at constant pressure to reach saturation
Condensation
Occurs when matter changes state from gas to a liquid
Lifted Condensation Level
The height at which condensation occurs
Temperature Inversion
An increase in temperature with height in an atmospheric layer
Humidity
The amount of water vapor in the air
Relative Humidity
The ratio of water vapor in a volume of air relative to how much water vapor that volume of air is capable of holding