Static Stability, Cloud Formation & The Environmental Lapse Rate


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What type of conditions are ripe for tall, cumulonimbus cloud formation?

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1. What happens to air pressure as you climb higher into the atmosphere?

2. How does increased humidity change the adiabatic lapse rate of a parcel of air?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Review what you know about static stability, cloud formation, and the environmental lapse rate with this worksheet and quiz. Test yourself with quiz questions on topics including the type of conditions necessary for cumulonimbus cloud formation and what happens to air pressure the further you go into the atmosphere.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to:

  • Understand how increased humidity alters the adiabatic lapse rate of a piece of air
  • Name the type of stability conditions represented by a parcel of air rising in the atmosphere
  • Recognize the factor of air stability which causes a perpetually unstable atmosphere

Skills Practiced

Practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about stable conditions in the atmosphere in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding air pressure and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about static stability, cloud formation, and the environmental lapse rate

Additional Learning

Utilize this lesson to learn more about this area of study. The lesson is called Static Stability, Cloud Formation & The Environmental Lapse Rate and it will teach you the following study objectives:

  • Analyze atmospheric instability
  • Define parcel with regard to the air
  • Explain lapse rates
  • Recognize how to measure air stability