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cloud formation

[′klau̇d fȯr′mā·shən]
(meteorology)
The process by which various types of clouds are formed, generally involving adiabatic cooling of ascending moist air.
A particular arrangement of clouds in the sky, or a striking development of a particular cloud.
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When warm air rising from the sun-heated ground hits this thick layer of warm smoke, the air spreads out and convection -- the mixing and circulation of layers of air that encourages cloud formation -- is thwarted.
This season we have seen good cloud formation in the lower levels, but invariably it is pushed down by a high pressure layer above 25,000 feet.
Though light-scattering aerosols can have a cooling effect, they can also contribute to acid rain and cloud formation.
IN space, no one can hear you scream - so there's no point yelling when a hellish cloud formation starts buffeting you.
This spring, crew members on the research vessel Knorr joined scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study the impacts of the chemically reactive industrial particles on cloud formation, ozone destruction, and Arctic warming.
Recently it was found that the Earth's cloud cover, observed by satellites, is strongly correlated with GCR," he wrote, noting that galactic cosmic rays play a role in cloud formation.
Some of the coldest temperatures on Earth have fostered a rare cloud formation over Australia's Mawson station in Antarctica, scientists said yesterday.
Differences: cloud formation changed, extra Canada goose in sky, flag on tent, paddle for canoe, campfire pit, a piece of driftwood in the water, decoration on cooler, wider tree trunk, picnic basket or sandcastle, butterfly position changed, squirrel or chipmunk, and spider's web or bird's nest.
Hong Kong-born Peter Chan specialises in large semi abstracts although Untitled Sky is an interesting landscape, probably the Dee estuary, dominated by a large cloud formation.
Moist air rises over warmer waters, leading to cloud formation and rainfall," he says.
This clear and well-illustrated guide to identifying what can be seen in the sky covers cloud classification, cloud formation, optical phenomena such as rainbows, color in the sky, visibility (mist/ fog/sea smoke), precipitation, winds, severe weather (oddly, hurricanes are included here only briefly, under tornados.
Through their research, the scientists were able to determine the composition of the spinach juice cloud and what factors influence cloud formation.