There are a few details left out of the above description. The real world is much more interesting and much more complex than the simple one-paragraph description of precipitation formation. Among the interesting complications are the details of what makes the air ascend, how the temperature of the air changes during ascent and condensation, how the water vapor manages to condense into cloud droplets and ice crystals, and how you make rain and snow from a cloud. This module deals with the first two issues: the interplay between the vertical temperature structure of the atmosphere and the temperature of the ascending air.
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