MadSci Network: Earth Sciences

Re: How is convection related to cloud formation

Date: Fri Feb 6 11:43:29 2004
Posted By: Nezette Rydell, forecaster,National Weather Service
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 1075344019.Es

Convection is an overturning of the atmosphere related to warming the air.
 The short version:  Warmed air rises, water vapor in the air condenses,
clouds form.  Check out this page from the University of Illinois's World
of Weather:

Then take a look at the cloud pages at USATODAY:
These should round out your understanding of how clouds form from
convective overturning.

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