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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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What are the other mechanisms of uplift that produce clouds and precipitation?

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The other mechanisms of uplift that produce clouds and precipitation other than convectional uplift and orographic uplift.

Explanation

The air masses drift with the usual atmospheric circulation, and the clashes of contrasting air masses are most common and regular in the mid-latitudes. During the movement of an air mass, it would interact with other different air masses possessing different moisture and temperature characteristics. The zone of contact between the two is referred as a front.

As a warmer and lighter mass of air is pushed or lifted aloft a cooler and denser mass of air, the sloping surface of front is produced. Such ascending of air, termed as the frontal uplift, serves as a principal cause of precipitation in the middle-latitude countries (such as the United States and Canada) where the convergence of contrasting air masses most likely to occur...

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