Precipitation

Science / Geology / Precipitation: Movement of water from the atmosphere to the land or to a surface water body. Rain, hail, snow, dew, and sleet are all examples of precipitation.

Other Words for Precipitation

Precipitation Adjective Synonyms: showers, drizzle, downpour, rain, rainfall, snow, snowfall, hail, sleet
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Freezing Precipitation

Science / Weather / Freezing Precipitation: Precipitation that is liquid, but freezes upon impact with a solid surface, such as the ground or other exposed surfaces. MORE

Frozen Precipitation

Science / Weather / Frozen Precipitation: Precipitation that reaches the ground in a frozen state. Examples include snow, snow pellets, snow grains, ice crystals, ice pellets, and hail. MORE

Mixed Precipitation

Science / Weather / Mixed Precipitation: Any of the following combinations of freezing and frozen precipitation: snow and sleet, snow and freezing rain, or sleet alone. Rain may also be present. MORE

Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF)

Science / Weather / Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF): A forecast of rainfall, snowfall or liquid equivalent of snowfall. MORE

Rain Shadow

Science / Weather / Rain Shadow: Also referred to as a precipitation shadow, it is the region on the lee side of a mountain or similar barrier where the precipitation is less than on the windward side. For example, the relatively dry MORE

Snow Grains

Science / Weather / Snow Grains: Frozen precipitation in the form of very small, white, opaque grains of ice. The solid equivalent of drizzle. It is reported as 'SG' in an observation and on the METAR. MORE

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