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atmosphere
the thin envelope of gases, water vapor, dust, and other airborne particles that surround the earth. commonly referred to as the "air"
barometer
an instrument used to measure atmospheric pressure.
blizzard
heavy snow or blowing snow accompanied by winds of at least 35 miles per hour
climate
the average daily or seasonal weather of a particular place or region.
cloud
amass of small liquid water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air
dew
moisture that has condensed on objects near the ground
dew point
the temperature at which water vapor condenses to a liquid
drizzle
precipitation consisting of very small droplets of water
fair
weather condition in which clouds cover less than 40% of the sky, there are no extremes in temperature or wind, and there is no precipitation
fog
a cloud hovering close to the earth's suface
front
the area in which two air masses come into contact
frost
a thin layer of ice crystals that form on the ground and other surfaces when water vapor condenses below 32 degrees fahrenheit
gust
a sudden, brief increase in wind speed
hail
precipitation consisting of pellets of ice.
high pressure
an air mass associated with fair weather
humidity
the amount of water vapor in the air
hurricane
an intense storm that generally forms over tropical regions. it brings heavy rain, strong winds, and powerful storm surges that can cause severe flooding
lightning
the visible discharge of electricity associated with a thunderstorm
low pressure
an air mass associated with storms
meteorology
the science that studies the weather.
mosly cloudy
condition when 70-30% of the sky is covered with clouds
mostly sunny
condition when 10-30% of the sky is ceovered with clouds
overcast
condition when 90% or more of the sky is covered with clouds
partly cloudy
condition when 30-70% of the sky is covered with clouds
precipitation
anyform of water including rain, drizzle, sleet, hail, or snow, that falls to the ground
rain
precipitation consisting of droplets of water
sleet
precipitation consistiong of ice particles
smog
fog mixed with particles of pollution
snow
precipitation consisting of small ice crystals
sunny
condition when less than 10% of the sky is covered with clouds
temperature
degree of hotness or coldness in the air
thunder
the sound cause by lightning heating the air and causeing it to rapidly expand
tornado
a violent whirlwind often accompanied by heavy rain, hail, thunder, and lightning
variably cloudy
condition when cloudiness of the sky varies between 20-90%
weather
the condition of the atmosphere at a given time
wind
moving air