Chapter 5:
Forms of Condensation & Precipitation

Learning Objectives

Each statement represents the primary learning objective for the corresponding section heading within this chapter.  After you complete this chapter, you should be able to:


Clouds, fog, and the various forms of precipitation are among the most observable weather phenomena. The primary focus of this chapter is to provide a basic understanding of each. In addition to learning how clouds are classified and named, you will learn that the formation of an average raindrop involves complex processes requiring water from roughly a million tiny water droplets.

Chapter Outline

Cloud Formation

Cloud Classification

Types of Fog

How Precipitation Forms

Forms of Precipitation

Precipitation Measurement

Planned and Inadvertent Weather Modification