Convective Inhibition (CIN): Definition & Role in Forecasting


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The measure of the energy required by the atmosphere, at a given time and place, to inhibit the ability of an air parcel to rise is what meteorological quantity?

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1. When convective inhibition values are high, the risk of thunderstorm development is _____.

2. In which of the following ways can convective inhibition values be determined?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These quiz questions will cover convective inhibition (CIN) and its role in forecasting. Specifically, you'll be quizzed on the energy required by the atmosphere to inhibit an air parcel's rise and an attribute associated with a potential risk of thunderstorms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Make sure you understand the following before taking the quiz:

  • Methods for measuring a certain value in weather forecasting
  • Formation of thunderstorms with CIN values under 200
  • Amount of energy required to help a parcel rise

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the development of thunderstorms and how it's connected to high CIN values
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a quantity in weather forecasting based on the energy in the atmosphere and the energy required by the atmosphere to inhibit the rise of an air parcel
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the ability of a thunderstorm to develop at a certain value of energy in the atmosphere

Additional Learning

To learn more about measuring the development of thunderstorms, consider the accompanying lesson named Convective Inhibition (CIN): Definition & Role in Forecasting. These areas will be highlighted for your benefit:

  • Cumulonimbus clouds
  • Currents in the atmosphere that aid in air circulation
  • Weather forecasting data interpretation