Water Cycle and Clouds

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runoff
water that goes into the ground or back into the rivers, lakes, and oceans
atmosphere
the air surrounding our earth
evaporation
when the sun heats up water in rivers, lakes or oceans and turns it into vapor or steam
condensation
water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back to liquid, and forms clouds
precipitation
clouds get heavy and water falls back to the earth
transpiration
the process where plants and animals put water back into the environment through evaporation
humidity
the amount of water in the air
air mass
a body of air that has the same temperature and humidity
stratus clouds
low level clouds that have a thin, layered appearance and can be a sign of rain
cumulonimbus clouds
huge vertical towers of puffy clouds that can bring thunderstorms, lightning, strong winds, and even hail
nimbus
this weather suffix means rain
cumulus
mid level clouds that are puffy. Usually associated with fair weather conditions
cirrus
high level clouds that are thin, wispy, made of ice crystals. Could be a sign that weather will change soon.
sun
the original source of energy that starts process of evaporation
clouds
made up of water droplets and/or ice crystals