The average rainfall in the Amazon rainforest is about 108 inches per year. The high amount of rain combined with a warm year-round climate makes the Amazon rainforest the most biodiverse place on Earth.
A:Areas of high elevation, such as mountain ranges, often drain the air of its moisture. As the air rises up the mountain, it cools. As the air cools, it loses its ability to hold water. The water then condenses out of the air and falls as precipitation.
A:Any time the droplets in clouds grow and come together to form drops that are large enough to create a speed of falling that is greater than the speed at which the cloud is blowing upward, then they head downward, and if they make it down without evaporating, people on the ground experience them as rain or snow. Sometimes rain evaporates again and heads back up into the clouds. The greater the amount of water vapor under the cloud and the stronger the winds on the updraft, the more likely precipitation becomes.
A:The average rainfall in the Amazon rainforest is about 108 inches per year. The high amount of rain combined with a warm year-round climate makes the Amazon rainforest the most biodiverse place on Earth.
A:According to the Weather Channel, Mount Waialeale on the Hawaiian island of Kauai receives about 450 inches of annual rainfall, making it the rainiest part of the country and one of the rainiest in the world. In the Hawaiian language, the name literally means "rippling water."
A:The smell of rain is unmistakable, and there are many factors that make up its sweet, earthy scent. It comes mostly from rainwater falling on dried materials, bacteria, or algae on the ground. There is also evidence that some people can smell the rain not only after it’s gone but before it comes.
A:Rain and other forms of precipitation fall from the clouds. When warm air passes over a body of water, it causes the water to evaporate. Once the water rises high enough, it clumps with other water vapor and becomes a cloud. The air cannot hold an infinite quantity of water, so when the amount of water present in the cloud exceeds the air’s ability to hold it, the water falls in droplets as rain.
A:Some examples of condensation include the water that gathers on a bathroom mirror after a hot shower and the water that collects on grass as dew. Condensation is the process where gas molecules slow down and come together to form a liquid.
A:The water cycle is responsible for distributing water across the earth through evaporation, condensation and precipitation, a process that is vital for sustaining life on earth by providing water to plants, animals and humans. It is also the driving force behind the earth's climate. Clouds are formed through condensation, and temperature is regulated through evaporation and water vapor in the air.
A:The rainiest city in the United States is Mobile, Alabama, according to a 2007 article on LiveScience. The city averages 67 inches of rain annually and experiences approximately 59 rainy days per year.
A:Put simply, droughts are caused by a prolonged depletion of precipitation in a certain ecosystem or climate over a long period of time. Unlike normal dry spells, droughts are so severe that they can thoroughly dry out vast expanses of land, like deserts. Droughts can be extraordinarily damaging and expensive to the people who live in the environments where they occur, especially in terms of the agricultural industry.
A:The country with the highest rainfall worldwide is the South American nation of Colombia. Based on yearly average precipitation measurements collected between 2010 and 2014, Colombia received an average annual rainfall of 127.6 inches as reported by the World Bank Group. The African nation of Sao Tome and Principe is a close second with average annual rainfalls during the same time period reported as 126 inches.
A:As of 2014, the rainiest place in the world is Mawsynram, Meghalaya State, India, with about 467 inches of rainfall every year. This small mountain community is soaked during monsoon season every year, with about 90 percent of their annual rainfall falling at that time.
A:The water, or hydrologic, cycle has only a few basic steps, beginning with evaporation of the water in rivers, lakes and oceans into water vapor, which then condenses into clouds. When enough water vapor condenses in the clouds, it then turns into either liquid water or ice. This then falls back to the ground through precipitation as either snow or rain, which will eventually evaporate again.
A:Dew and frost are actually the same phenomenon, except that dew occurs when the air temperature is above freezing while frost occurs when it is below. Both are condensation that occurs when moisture held in the air is cooled to a point that the air can no longer support it.
A:Mist forms when water droplets in the air cool suddenly. These droplets, which were a gas at a higher temperature, suddenly become visible when cooled. Very similar to fog, this often occurs when air seated over warm water comes into contact with cool, dry land.