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water cycle
the never ending process in which water moves from the surface of the Earth to the air and then back to the Earth's surface
precipitation
water that falls back to the Earth
evaporation
the process by which a liquid changes into a gas
condensation
the processs by which a gas changes into a liquid
rain
the most common kind of precipitation, liquid water
sleet
frozen rain
snow
made of ice crystals
hail
round pieces of ice
tornado
a fast spinning spiral of wind that stretches from the clouds of a thunderstorm to the ground
hurricane
large tropical storms with wind speeds of 119 kilometers (74 mi) per hour or more
sea breeze
a breeze moving from the water to the land
land breeze
a breeze moving from the land to the water
rain shadow
the area on the far side of a mountain range that gets little or no rain or cloud cover
air mass
a large body of air
cold front
forms where a cold air mass moves under a warm air mass
warm front
forms where warm air moves over cold air
barometer
measures air pressure
anemometer
measures wind speed