Unit 10

Cloud morphology

In chapter 2, we looked at the hydro-thermodynamic, energetic and hydrostatic as well as stability related 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 and analyzing 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. Participate in the discussion channel of this unit on the discussion board
  4. Undergraduate students: Solve this unit10 task sheet and submit your solution by Thursday 2359 AKST.
  5. Answer the questionnaire by Thursday 2359 AKST.

Supplemental Material

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

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