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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

Compare and contrast convectional, orographic, cyclonic, and frontal precipitation.

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The comparison and contrast of conventional, orographic, cyclonic, and frontal precipitation.

Explanation

Precipitation is a result of either one among the following four mechanisms, namely 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 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 heavy precipitation, thunders, tornadoes, and lightening.

Frontal precipitation is caused by the collision of the two large bodies that differ with temperature, humidity, and density. When collision occurs, warmer and less dense air is uplifted above the cooler and high dense air...

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