Unit 10

Cloud morphology

In chapter 2, we looked at the hydro-thermodynamic, energetic and hydrostatic aspects of cloud formation. In the last unit, we discussed the seven microphysical processes leading to cloud and precipitation formation. This unit ties these processes together to explain the visual appearance of clouds, their occurrence at given height levels in the atmosphere and how the kind of cloud formation processes affect the type of precipitation we will observe.

Learning goals

  • Understanding the morphology of clouds and the precipitation characteristics from a cloud microphysical and thermodynamical point of view
  • Sketching where the cloud microphysical processes may occur
  • Identification of clouds and precipitation types
Cirrus clouds. Photo by Nicole Mölders
Cirrus clouds. Photo by Nicole Mölders

Students’ Tasks

  1. Watch this video on the material that will be discussed in class and take notes
  2. Read chapters 3.9 to 3.9.2.4 (included) of Lectures in Meteorology and take notes
  3. Solve these problems as assigned at your class level.
  4. Answer the questionnaire by Thursday 2359

Supplemental Material

You can find the Sky Watcher Chart, and the powerpoint slides Unit10_ppt at the links.

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