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Unit 5 - Water, Weather, Climate

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precipitation
Any form of water falling from the sky
sleet
The type of precipitation formed when rain freezes on its way down to Earth.
hail
The type of precipitation formed when winds carry ice pellets back up to refreeze several times before they fall.
snow
The type of precipitation formed when water freezes into ice crystals in the cloud, before it falls.
weather
The condition of the atmosphere at a particular time and place
air pressure
The force of air pressing down on an area
barometer
The instrument used to measure air pressure
climate
The average, year-after-year weather conditions in an area
elevation
The height above sea level. Also called altitude.
latitude
Distance from the equator
humidity
The amount of moisture (water vapor) in the air
temperature
The amount of heat energy in the atmosphere
condensation
The phase change when a gas turns into a liquid. Energy is lost. This is also the step in the water cycle that creates clouds
runoff
The step of the water cycle where energy flows off the surface of the earth
groundwater
The step of the water cycle where water sinks into the ground
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