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Water Cycle and Weather/Climate Vocabulary

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water cycle
the continuous movement of water between Earth's surface and the air, changing from liquid to gas to liquid
interact
to act on or affect each other
evaporation
the process by which water changes from liquid form to an atmospheric gas
condensation
the process by which molecules of water vapor in the air become liquid water due to cooling
precipitation
the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
accumulation
the process in which water pools in large bodies (like oceans, seas and lakes)
weather
the condition of Earth's atmosphere at a particular time and place
climate
the weather in some location averaged over some long period of time
weather map
A map that shows data about recent weather conditions across a large area
weather symbols
signs used by meteorologists to convey a certain type of condition at a given time.
predictions
scientific reasoning based on an observation
map key
an explanation of what the symbols on a map represent
forecast
a prediction about how something (as the weather) will develop
rain gauge
instrument used to measure rainfall
thermometer
measuring instrument for measuring temperature
anemometer
an instrument used to measure wind speed
barometer
an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure
wind vane
a tool that shows the direction from which the wind is blowing