A Lonely Cloud Pouring Water

When water in the atmosphere falls back down to Earth it is called precipitation. There are many different types of precipitation including rainfreezing raindrizzlesnowsleethail and even virga. Precipitation plays a major role in the water cycle – which can be grossly simplified as: water evaporates from earth and goes up into the atmosphere, then falls back to earth as precipitation.

Looks pretty cool from above too:

Rain Cloud from Above

This picture was shot by Australian scientist Huw Alexander Ogilvie when he was flying over the Pacific Ocean back in 2005. You can get a high resolution version here.



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