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

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

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

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


Science / Weather / Hail: Precipitation that originates in convective clouds, such as cumulonimbus, in the form of balls or irregular pieces of ice, which comes in different shapes and sizes. Hail is considered to have a diame MORE


Science / Weather / Rain: Precipitation in the form of liquid water droplets greater than 0.5 mm. If widely scattered, the drop size may be smaller. It is reported as 'R' in an observation and on the METAR. The intensity of ra MORE