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```Water in the
Atmosphere
Chapter 16 Section 4
Pages 545-550
Humidity
• Humidity- A measure of the amount of
water vapor in the air.
• Relative Humidity- The percentage of
water vapor in the air compared to the
maximum amount that the air can hold at
that temperature.
Relative Humidity Problems:
• If 10°C Holds a maximum of 8 grams of
water vapor.
• What is the humidity if 8 grams of water
vapor are in the air?
Relative Humidity Problems:
• If 10°C Holds a maximum of 8 grams of
water vapor.
• What is the humidity if 8 grams of water
vapor are in the air?
• If the air is holding 4 grams of water vapor,
what is the relative humidity?.
R. Humidity Depends ON:
• The temperature.
• Warm air is less dense.
– Has more room to hold water vapor.
• Cold air is more dense
– Has less space to hold water vapor
Measuring Humidity
• Psychrometer- An
instrument used to measure
relative humidity, consisting
of a wet-bulb thermometer,
and a dry-bulb thermometer.
• Evaporation is a
____________ process.
Relative Humidity
• If the relative
humidity is high,
will there be
much of a
temperature
difference
between the
thermometers
and why?
Dew Point
• Dew Point- The temperature at which
condensation begins.
• If the temperature= dew point
– Relative humidity = 100%
Cloud Formation
• 1. Air is warmed and rises
– Evaporates water.
Cloud Formation
• 2. Warm, Moist air rises.
• Air Expands as it rises.
• Air Cools at the Dry Adiabatic Lapse Rate
(Dry ALR= 10°C for every 1km)
Cloud Formation
• 3. Condensation Occurs.
• Must occur on condensation nuclei
– Dust
– Salt
– Smoke
Cloud Formation
• 4. Condensation Level
– The level at which condensation occurs.
– Relative humidity = 100%
• Temp and Dew Point are =
Cloud Formation
• 5. Cloud Forms:
– Air now cools at the Wet ALR= 5-9°C
– Cools slower because condensation releases
some heat.
Cloud
Identification
Chapter 16 Section 4
Pages 548-550
Directions
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cloud in your notes as well.
4. Take the Cloud Quiz.
Cumulus
• Means heap or mass.
• Fair weather clouds.
• Can grow to be very
tall.
Altocumulus
• Alto- means that they
form at a medium
altitude.
• Look like cumulus
clouds.
Cumulonimbus
• Thunderstorm Clouds
sometimes called
• Tallest clouds, they
grow from cumulus
clouds. Produce
heavy rain.
• The suffix nimbus
means rain.
Mammatus Clouds
• Round, downwardextending protrusions.
• Bag like sacs.
• Usually occurs along
with some
cumulonimbus
clouds.
• May indicate very
severe weather.
Stratus
• Strato- means
• Flat layered clouds.
• Usually cover most of
the sky.
Nimbostratus
• Prefix nimbus means
rain.
• Flat layered clouds.
• Accompany warm
fronts.
• Bring rain, snow, sleet
or freezing rain.
Altostratus
• Look like stratus
clouds high in the
atmosphere.
Cirrus Clouds
• Feathery “hooked”
ends
crystals
• First to arrive with a
warm front.
Cirrocumulus
• Look like cumulus
clouds.
• High in the
atmosphere.
Fog
• A cloud that occurs at or
near the ground.
• Forms when the ground
cools after a warm humid
day.
• The air above the ground
cools to the dew point.
• The sun “burns” off the
fog. (evaporates)
Question
• Explain how clouds are classified?
Quiz
Quiz
• Directions:
– Click on the letter of your choice.
– If you get a question wrong, the button will
turn red. Try again.
– If you get the question right, move on to the
next question by clicking the arrow.
– Click the arrow to the right to begin.
Quiz
1. These clouds cover the sky
and bring rain, snow or sleet.
A Stratus
B Cirrus
C Cumulus
D Nimbostratus
Quiz
2. What type of cloud is
feathery or wispy?
A Cirrus
B Stratus
C Cumulus
D Nimbus
Quiz
3. What type of cloud means
“heap” or “pile”?
A Stratus
B Cirrus
C Cumulus
D Mammatus
Quiz
4. Identify this cloud that
occurs on the ground.
A Cirrus
B Cumulus
C Stratus
D Fog
Quiz
5. Identify this Cloud:
A Cirrus
B Mammatus
C Cumulus
D Cumulonimbus
Great Job!
• Congratulations on being able to correctly
identify the types of clouds! You are on
your way to becoming a meteorologist.
Keep up the great work!