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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

What kind of air movement is common to the depictions in all four diagrams?

To determine

The kind of movement that is common to the depictions in all the four diagrams.

Explanation

The given four diagrams in the picture are convectional, frontal, cyclonic, and orographic lifting mechanisms that cause air to rise. Precipitation is a result of either one among the following four mechanisms, convection, frontal activity, cyclonic uplift (convergence) or orographic uplift.

Conventional precipitation occurs near the surface in hot, humid tropical, equatorial areas, and in middle latitude areas during summer. After the condensation initiates in a convectional air column of rising air, it is further forced to rise by the release of the latent heat of condensation. This convectional uplift also helps in the heavy precipitation, thunders, tornadoes, and lightening.

Frontal precipitation is caused by the collision of the two large bodies that differs with temperature, humidity, and density...

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