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James Petersen
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2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

Why do these tiny droplets fall at different speeds?

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The reason for the water droplets to fall at different speeds.

Explanation

The parcel of air that rises into the atmosphere gradually cools. When the temperature of the air parcel is equal to the surrounding air temperature, it stops rising. This air parcel is called unstable air parcel. Similarly, when the surrounding temperature is cooler than the air parcel, it sinks and rises in temperature and gradually reaches the equivalent surrounding temperature and stops. This air parcel is said to be a stable one.

When the air parcels stops rising or sinking, it condenses to form water droplets and float within clouds because they cannot overcome gravity with their tiny sizes such as 0.02 millimeters...

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