praecipitatio

praecipitatio

[prē¦sip·ə¦tā·shō]
(meteorology)
Precipitation falling from a cloud and apparently reaching the earth's surface; this supplementary cloud feature is mostly encountered in altostratus, nimbostratus, stratocumulus, stratus, cumulus, and cumulonimbus.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.